Duluth, GA asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for South Carolina

Q: If the judge asks, do I tell them that me and the defendant have had contact even if it’s court ordered not to?

Me and my boyfriend got into an argument, and he grabbed me and I bet him to get him off of me. And he had 2 bite marks on him. He called the cops and I spent the night in jail for third degree CDV. One of the court orders was to not have contact with him until the court date. But we have had contact since then. Do I tell the judge yes or no that we have had contact? I don’t want to get in more trouble than I am.

1 Lawyer Answer
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
Jonathan Edmond Bennett Lewis
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Columbia, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: Hello,

Yes; if the Court asks you a direct question, you must answer the Court truthfully. If the Court discovers that you are lying to it and the presiding judge, you can be held in Contempt of Court, which under South Carolina Law means you can be jailed or fined in an amount determined by the discretion of the Court.

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