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What Happens When You Are in Contempt of Court in Arizona? | Sanctuary Bail Bonds

by | Jun 25, 2019 | Bail Bond | 0 comments

In many states, contempt of court is a narrowly-defined offense that only applies in certain situations. But Arizona’s version of the contempt law is extremely broad. If you boil down the meaning of the contempt law, it usually applies to direct and indirect contempt. It’s essence becomes; willfully doing something that you should not be doing or willfully doing something that you know is forbidden under the circumstances of a judgment of decree.

Here are some contempt of court examples. When a person refuses to obey court orders, like paying child support or alimony; that’s one form of indirect contempt. A direct contempt of court example would be disrupting judicial proceedings. This behavior could be very extreme, like calling a judge an obscene name, or rather harmless, like failing to silence a cell phone or yawning while a judge is speaking.

Normally, if you follow the court order or correct your behavior, contempt of court does not go on your record. In the meantime, however, the judge can issue a contempt of court arrest warrant, which peace officers can serve at any time. If you are arrested in Arizona, or if you need to clear the warrant, reach out to Sanctuary Bail Bonds for a 24-hour bail bondsman.

What to Do If You’re Arrested

Contempt offenses vary greatly. In most failure to pay child support cases, the defendant must pay a certain amount of money to get out of jail. Some folks find it beneficial to have an attorney negotiate on their behalf to lower the amount they must pay upfront. In most other cases, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s presumptive bail amounts usually apply.

Depending on the defendant’s criminal record, that amount could be somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 or $750. Either way, having your Sanctuary Bail Bonds bonding agent by your side is extremely helpful so that you can affordably and quickly get your bail release.

At Sanctuary Bail Bonds, (bail bonds near me) they can usually prepare a fast and friendly surety bond where the fee you pay is fairly based on ethical industry standards with interest-free payment arrangements and only a fraction of the cost of the full bail amount. That premium payment does more than secure immediate jail release.

Sanctuary Bail Bonds is also an excellent resource. Most people have lots of questions about the criminal justice process and their responsibilities under the bail bond agreement. A bond agent is not a lawyer, but a licensed agent who can answer most of your questions. Furthermore, if you do not understand some of your conditions or need special accommodations, your bondsman will do their best to work with you.

Do Phoenix Bail Bondsmen Clear Arrest Warrants?

If you have an active arrest warrant that has not been served yet, your bail bondsman can usually clear the warrant for you. Sometimes, this process requires a brief bookin/bookout proceeding. When we say “brief,” we usually mean only taking up a couple of hours of your time. They will prepare the paperwork for you ahead of time and do their best to expedite the process.

The middle of the day in the middle of the week is usually the best time to voluntarily surrender at the county jail. The jail is fully staffed and not very busy. Smaller city jails are faster, but they do not always accept voluntary surrenders.

Counties and their jailing system all work differently but Arizona now requires you to self surrender. This means you must go to court and present yourself in front of a judge. The judge can choose to release you on your own recognizance (OR) or require you to be processed in jail and issue you a bond. Sanctuary Bail Bonds can have that bond prepared and ready to post so that your time in the holding cell is reduced to a minimum.   Be sure to make arrangements with your bondsman ahead of time, on how you are going to proceed if you voluntarily surrender.

To get things started, your bail bondsman prepares all the paperwork in advance. If you have an attorney, your lawyer will probably be there as well. It’s usually a good idea to have a friend or relative accompany you as well, to give you a ride and to offer moral support.

If you are arrested in Arizona for contempt of court or surrendering to clear an arrest warrant, Sanctuary Bail Bonds understands that “life happens” and we are here to respectfully and discreetly get you out of jail fast or if you surrender, keep you from going to jail. Sanctuary Bail Bonds is the winner of the Premier Services Award, Best of Business, Top 3 Bail Bonds in Phoenix Arizona. Contact us 24/7 at (602) 224-5247 or (602) BAIL 247 to get out of jail or stay out of jail. To learn more visit our FAQ-page.


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