Definitions for "Criminal Contempt"
a contempt of court (see definition above) that occurs either in front of the court (direct) or outside the presence of the court (indirect), which is defined as a crime in the Delaware statutes and which is punished by a fine and/or imprisonment. Unlike a civil contempt, the punishment for a criminal contempt cannot be avoided or lessened by subsequently following the court's order.
an act of disrespect that impedes the administration of justice
a crime in the ordinary sense," Bloom v