Some have to learn it the hard way:
If you ever find yourself in a Florida courtroom facing Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat, don’t give him any lip — and certainly don’t flip him the bird. Penelope Soto, 18, who was arrested for drug possession, learned that Monday, when she irritated the judge with her insouciant attitude — flipping her hair, laughing derisively, dodging questions. Miffed, the judge slapped Soto with a $5,000 fine and bid her “bye-bye.” Soto laughed and responded, “Adios,” so he upped her fine to $10,000. “Are you serious?” the teen asked. “I am serious. Adios,” said the judge. Soto gave him the finger, at which point he sentenced her to 30 days in jail for contempt of court. And yes, he was serious.
Now, a smart person, finding themselves in court for drug possession, would, I think, try to do everything possible to lessen his/her sentence by at least showing respect to the judge. Have fun in jail, Ms. Soto.