Criminal Court: It pays to know when to keep your mouth shut. Particularly when you are in front of a Judge. Sanders Lawyer

Recently, a defendant was escorted into Forsyth County Court from jail to face charges that he had violated a protective order*.  No sooner was he in the courtroom than he started attempting to communicate with the person who had taken out the order against him.  The judge quickly approved a $5,000 bond.  But because the defendant kept communicating to the other party in the courtroom while his case was before the Court, the Assistant District Attorney changed the request so that the bond would be increased to $10,000. 

This is where it starts getting interesting. The judge granted the increased bond to $10,000, at which time the defendant said, “Well why not make it $20,000?” To which the Judge replied, “Motion granted.  $20,000 it is.”

The defendant, still not having learned his lesson replied to the Judge, “Kiss my a**.”  The Judge, without missing a beat, responded “Motion denied. But I do order you to serve thirty days for criminal contempt of court.”

Thirty days for three little words.  That’s ten days a word!  Not to mention the $10,000 the defendant bought himself if he wants to get out of jail after serving his contempt sentence.

While most people are not likely to make this kind of mistake, even little mistakes can cost you.  We can help you avoid them.  Whatever you have been accused of, call us.  Whether traffic, DWI, domestic violence, or some other criminal charge, it pays to know when to let an experienced attorney speak for you.  Sanders Law Firm, PLLC-

*Protective Orders are court orders to refrain from contact with another person, often used in domestic violence cases.

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