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Explain the difference between civil and criminal contempt.

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Civil contempt of court often results in conditional punishments, while criminal contempt leads to unconditional sanctions. There are usually terms to conditional sanctions; for example, the accused is supposed to fulfill a certain obligation so that the court can find them free of contempt. To ensure that the party does what they are supposed to do, the court orders their arrest and doesn't release them until the condition is met. On the other hand, an unconditional sanction doesn't have any special obligations that need to be met. Criminal contempt is considered a crime that can be punished by imprisonment or paying a...

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