Never let mke talk and granted my husband the house,but not the title just to pay,now another judge wants me To sign the title. ..I'm in probation right now,,what happen if i don't sign?how long it's jail time for contempt of court,,if i stay in jail can the judge force to sign o at least in jail i get a public defender to here my case,,I'm homeless and domestic violence victim, ,please help thank you God bless you
If you are incarcerated as a result of your not signing the deed it would be a civil contempt, not a criminal contempt and you would not be entitled to a public defender. However, if there is a deed in the courtroom and you refuse, that MIGHT be a criminal contempt, depending upon whether you are before the judge or the magistrate. If a person disobeys a judge's instruction that occurs in the judge's presence it could be considered a criminal contempt. A magistrate is an attorney appointed to conduct hearings, receive evidence, make findings of fact, and make reports to the judge containing recommendations as to what the judge should do. See Rule 12.490 Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure. However, IF the Order which referred the matter to the magistrate contained a specific authority to handle the "deed" issue, there might be a mechanism by which the contempt could become criminal. The precise wording of the Order controls.
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You will not leave that jail until the Court finds you no longer in contempt.
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