Colorado courts have broad discretion to punish a wide variety of behavior as contempt of court. A person can be held in contempt for conduct that unreasonably interrupts judicial proceedings, including disorderly or disruptive behavior, breach of the peace, and boisterous or violent conduct. A court may also hold a person in contempt for behavior that obstructs the administration of justice, and for disobeying, resisting, or interfering with any lawful writ, process, or order of the court.
When such conduct is found to be offensive to the authority and dignity of the court, contempt can be punished by an unconditional fine, a fixed sentence of imprisonment, or both. A court may impose up to six months of imprisonment without a trial. A court may only impose a longer sentence if it advises the defendant of his or her right to a trial. Additionally, a defendant is presumed innocent of contempt until he or she is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The accused has the right to present witnesses and evidence, the right to cross-examine all adverse witnesses, the right to have subpoenas issued to compel witnesses to attend trial, the right to remain silent, the right to testify, the right to make a statement prior to sentencing, and the right to appeal any adverse decision.
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