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What Are Penalties for Code Violations?

Penalties for Code violations vary widely from $25 - $500 and from 0 - 30 - 360 days of incarceration.  Violations of city codes are often filed as criminal complaints against the alleged violator.  As such, if you are charged with violation of a city code, you should speak to a criminal defense attorney.  In some cases the violations, such as noise or junk on your lawn, may initially be charged as a warning citation with the charge to be dismissed if you comply with the code.  If compliance is not met to the satisfaction of the city official, formal criminal charges will be filed.  Other violations may be initially charged as criminal. In Covington, Kentucky city citations include: alcohol to a minor, dog leash, parking violations, throwing stones, begging/panhandling, peeping tom, curfew violations (for minors), nudity, barbed wire, sale of toxic or model glue, and sleeping or urinating in vacant buildings.  Some of these crimes may also be criminal acts under the state penal code. These can be charged as violations, B misdemeanors or A misdemeanors.  They may be punishable by fine, jail or a combination of both in addition to court costs.  Most code violations are punishable by up to $100 fine or 30 days in jail. Some have jail up to 180 or 360 days and fines range from $25 to $500.  Also note, some violations carry possible daily fines which may increase or accrue for each day of violation. If you have been charged with a criminal violation of city ordinance, contact Michael W. Bouldin at mwbouldin2@gmail.com or call 859-581-6453.  Email or respond at this site with general questions.

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