how much jail time for refusing a paternity test?

If you receive a court order to take s paternity test and refuse to take it, how much jail time can be given on average. Would you still need to take a forced paternity test after serving that jail sentence?  

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

     Likely none unless you’re defying a lawful court order zx

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  • 2 months ago

    If you don't get the paternity test, won't the court just say you are the father?

  • 2 months ago

    States have differences in the law although you'd probably be charged with contempt of court should you refuse to take a court-ordered test. The mother could sue you and the fact that you refused to submit for testing would go against you.

  • LizB
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Refusing to take a paternity test isn't a crime, being found in contempt of court is. Jail time would be an unlikely remedy for civil (as opposed to criminal) contempt. But you could wind up with some nasty fines, which might increase each additional day you continued to defy court orders. 

    And sorry, but you can't exchange X amount of days in jail for a "get out of fatherhood free" card.

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  • 2 months ago

    So basically the state government will force you or be left in jail to rot over the paternity test? 🙃

  • martin
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Disobedience of a court order can be dealt with differently depending on the judge in charge of the case.  Refusing a paternity test could be based on many things other than contempt of court.  Jail time never should exceed one or two days, but it's a crude way to resolve issues and shouldn't be used at all.

  • helene
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Defying a court order is called contempt of court. You can look it up if you want, but basically, you'll be in jail for contempt of court until you are no longer in contempt of court.

    In other words, when you decide to take the test.

  • Barry
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    I believe it's at the judge's discretion as it's contempt of court. A guilty person would face increasing periods of incarceration until they complied.

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