Lawyers Representing Individuals Charged with Contempt

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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