I am Defendant of Family Custody Case. Plaintiff filed Contempt Motion for something supposedly listed in Order. Judge found me guilty. Before she was able to finish sentencing, judge was told she was using an Order that was NOT in existence when supposed contemptible offense took place. She agreed. She struck her guilty statement. But then restated guilty sentence by coming up with a NEW reason..NOT a reason and/or charge listed in said Motion! And reasons she gave reversed the viability of testimony she had stated was valid for the 1st/mistaken guilty determination she initially made! How can I be found guilty for something the Plaintiff's motion did NOT cover?!
From your fact pattern: you were before the court pursuant to the Plaintiff's Motion for Contempt. You state that the Judge referenced an Order that was not in effect at the time the motion was filed or when the contempt occurred, but not if the Order was for failing to appear or for what reason(s).
Here is the problem: you went to Court on a Contempt Motion without an attorney. That is very, very unwise. Contempt is serious. Contempt can land you in jail.
Because you are confused, I am confused. Here is what you need to do, and you only have 30 days from the date of the Judge's Order to appeal, so do not delay: CALL AN ATTORNEY FOR HELP RIGHT NOW or go to the court, and take your file upstairs to the 3rd Floor and ask for Legal Aid to explain what is going on. DO NOT WAIT, DO NOT DELAY.
I am licensed to practice law in MD and DC only. You should seek the assistance of Counsel barred in your State for legal advice. This response is for educational purposes only and is in no way to be deemed a legal opinion of Counsel. This response is in no way to be considered that I have consented to be your attorney or that you have retained me as your attorney.
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