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Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.830 – Direct Criminal Contempt

A criminal contempt may be punished summarily if the court saw or heard the conduct constituting the contempt committed in the actual presence of the court. The judgment of guilt of contempt shall include a recital of those facts on which the adjudication of guilt is based. Prior to the adjudication of guilt the judge shall inform the defendant of the accusation against the defendant and inquire as to whether the defendant has any cause to show why he or she should not be adjudged guilty of contempt by the court and sentenced therefor. The defendant shall be given the opportunity to present evidence of excusing or mitigating circumstances. The judgment shall be signed by the judge and entered of record. Sentence shall be pronounced in open court.

NOTE: Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure are modified and updated from time to time. To ensure you are viewing the latest version of Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.830 – Direct Criminal Contempt, please visit the following website: Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure. In addition, you should consult with an experienced Orlando criminal attorney to understand how the Florida rules interact with case law, statutes, and other laws.

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