I am assuming that you were ordered to attend the Smile class and that you are charged with Contempt for failing to follow that order. Penalties for contempt can include possible jail time. (There is both civil and criminal contempt) The practice of issuing a warrant for contempt in your county should be addressed with an attorney there. You may be able to reschedule the class and avoid any jail time. Some contempt charges can have penalties of up to a year.
Another attorney has responded that it can be up to a year. That sounds quite punitive, so it is best to do what was ordered. It would appear that the failure to take the class would have to be willful.
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contempt of court has a max 90 day penalty. i've had several people refuse to go to smile and nothing ever happened to them. i believe most courts highly recommend it, but don't mandate it. though they won't tell you that. i've never had anyone get into any trouble for missing. but maybe you might learn something there, so go.
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