My ex wife subpoenaed one of my arch enemies to testify against me in child support court what is the punishment if i get into an altercation with him in court?
Let's begin by stating the obvious: don't get into any physical altercation with him. Depending on how things were to play out the charges could include assault and contempt of court (possibly other charges as well). These are crimes for which if convicted could land you in jail and give you a permanent criminal record. Aside from that it may affect your ability to see your child/ren. Be smart about it all and think big picture.
First off this not a comic book and you are not Superman. If you show a lack of respect to the judge and judicial system by getting into a fight in a courtroom where the judge and court officers are witnesses who can and will testify against you, expect to go to jail and deservedly so. Expect also that restraining orders will be issued and any visitation of your children will need to be supervised.
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On top of being illegal and dangerous (you could go to prison for years depending on the extent of your victim's injuries) it is absurd and illogical to walk into a courtroom and start a physical fight. Would you walk into a lion's den, pull up a podium and begin to lecture them about how repugnant their living quarters are? Of course not - it's absurd and not going to get the job done.
Why don't you hire an experienced attorney to properly cross-examine this "enemy"? The result will likely be far more rewarding (and you'll get to go home after the hearing)!
Contempt of Court. Summary contempt means immediate jail and criminal contempt means misdemeanor or felony and possible jail.
Plus any assault charge.
I encourage you to suck it up and hold it in.
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
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