Contempt in Oklahoma


Two Types Of Contempt Exist In Oklahoma, Direct Contempt And Indirect Contempt.

  1. Direct contempt is when someone is purposefully interfering with the judicial process in the presence of the judge.
  2. Indirect contempt of court, occurs when a person willfully disregards or disobeys an order outside the presence of a judge. It carries with it up to six months in county jail. Indirect contempt is one of several ways to collect child support or alimony in the state of Oklahoma.
The party bringing the contempt charge must prove:
  • A legal court order for support was entered.
  • The party subject to the obligation had knowledge of the order.
  • The party subject to the obligation had the ability to comply with the order, and
  • The party subject to the obligation willfully disobeyed the order.

The punishment for contempt of court is often a fine and/or jail time. If the person owes money their bank accounts can be garnished.

Where can I find out more information about contempt?

21 O.S. Section 565-567.

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