Your Syracuse Criminal
Contempt Attorneys

A criminal contempt charge can have a catastrophic lifetime impact. Cambareri & Brenneck, your criminal defense team, can help.

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Experienced Criminal
Contempt Attorneys

Trust former prosecutors to handle your criminal contempt case.

Is it Really Criminal Contempt?

Determining if an action constitutes criminal contempt under New York State law often requires legal expertise. Typically, criminal contempt involves disobedience or resistance to a lawful court order. Every case is unique, and we highly recommend consulting with a criminal contempt attorney to accurately assess your situation.

Explore your legal options with an experienced and knowledgeable former prosecutor before a plea deal is entered. We take all situations into consideration to get you the best results.

What Kind of Proof is Needed?

To convict someone of criminal contempt, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was a clear and unequivocal court order in effect, the defendant knew about it, and willfully disobeyed or was indifferent to it. It’s vital to have a skilled attorney who can critically examine the prosecution’s evidence and advocate on your behalf.

At Cambareri & Brenneck we
regularly examine whether or not:

There have been rights violations against our client.

Violation of search and seizure laws.

There are misconduct issues.

There are pieces of evidence that should be suppressed.

There have been chain-of-evidence issues.

There are witnesses (or other evidence) that dispute the state's version of events.

Is His/Her Word Enough?

While someone’s statement can form part of the evidence in a criminal contempt case, it generally needs to be corroborated by additional evidence to support a conviction. It’s crucial to have an experienced criminal contempt Attorney who can analyze the evidentiary issues in your case to provide the best possible defense.

When it is appropriate, Cambareri & Brenneck will advocate for our clients’ eligibility for these programs. For more information on the allegations against you, the possible penalties, and what our team is prepared to do to secure the most favorable outcome possible, call our offices today.

Criminal Contempt Penalties Include



Loss of Access to Property

Significant Fines

Loss of Access to Children

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Case Analysis At 315.424.TEAM (8326)

Understanding Criminal Contempt in Syracuse

Types of Criminal Contempt Cases:

In cases where an order of protection has been issued and alleged to have been violated, the accused may face criminal contempt charges. We have vast experience in handling such cases, and we can help guide you through the complexities of this legal process.

If an escort notice has been disobeyed, it may also result in criminal contempt charges under New York state law. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand your rights, the legal implications, and provide you with robust defense strategies.

Both criminal contempt in the first degree (class E felony) and second degree (class A misdemeanor) in New York involve violating court orders with varying levels of severity and intent. Our attorneys are well-versed in handling these cases and are prepared to offer you the best possible representation.

Aggravated criminal contempt, a Class D felony, involves serious harm to a person protected by an order of protection. It’s a serious charge requiring a serious defense. Our dedicated Syracuse criminal contempt Attorneys are prepared to fight vigorously for your rights.

Get a FREE Consultation with one of our Syracuse Criminal Contempt Attorneys.

Your Defense Team

Steve Cambareri

Partner, Attorney

Scott Brenneck

Partner, Attorney

(Ret.) Judge
John Centra

Special Counsel

Melissa Swartz


Joe Centra


Ken Tyler


Michele Previte

Office Manager

Jess Edwards

Administrative Assistant

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