The problem with contempt of court is that the time in jail is up to the judge's discretion and they can make it whatever they choose. It can be 1 day to 30 days or more and it really is not possible to predict. With your defense of his refusing to cooperate you may get no jail time. You have no choice but to appear in court, whether it is a problem with your job or not, and failing to show up after the court refused to excuse you would be a way to guarantee the court would give you jail time.
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