Ordinance Violation

Not all criminal charges are severe with life-altering consequences. In fact, the most common criminal offenses are for minor violations of municipal law. Despite their commonality, an ordinance violation can carry penalties such as fines and a permanent criminal record.

At Scott W. Sheen & Associates, we recommend doing everything in your power to have this charge dropped or reduced. Our legal team has the experience and skill to help you meet your goals. We provide comprehensive counsel to private individuals in legal matters involving municipal governments or agencies. Our team can represent you at any stage of the legal dispute, whether you need to determine your rights or have been cited for a municipal ordinance violation.

Our attorneys have handled various municipal ordinance violations. We can help you navigate your case, no matter how trivial your violation may seem.

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Municipal ordinances are the regulations and codes enacted into law by local government. The ordinances of a particular city are different from a law governed by the state statutes. Therefore, ordinance violations are any actions that violate the rules set forth in a city’s code of ordinances.

Types of Ordinance Violations

Criminal Charges that Constitute as Ordinance Violations

  • Violating Local Speed Limits
  • Noise Violations
  • Unlawful Burning
  • Littering
  • Health Code Violations
  • Street and Sanitation Violations
  • Building Code Violations
  • Using Unpermitted Fireworks
  • Underage Drinking
  • Animal Control Violations

Domestic Violence and Spousal Abuse

When domestic violence takes place in the home, the aftermath can be devastating. There is no way to predict if a situation will become incredibly dangerous. Still, domestic violence victims are at the highest risk when they attempt to leave their abusive situation. Our attorneys will help you identify safe ways to protect yourself and your children. We will help you pursue legal action and advocate for you during this uncertain time.

We know that domestic violence cases can be multifaceted—some involving false accusations, messy divorce disputes, and the mistreatment of children. With our extensive experience in complex domestic disputes, we can present a strong case that is considerate of your best interests.

Domestic violence includes a variety of actions:

  • Physical violence, including hitting, punching, slapping, or kicking, among other actions
  • Threats of violence
  • Trapping you within the home or otherwise depriving a person of your liberty
  • Use of weapons against you
  • Sexual abuse against an adult or child
  • Forcing you to use drugs or alcohol
  • Preventing you from taking medication or denying you medical treatment

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986, a domestic relationship is defined as the following:

  • Two people who share or used to share a home
  • Spouses or former spouses
  • People who have had a dating or engagement relationship
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Children and stepchildren
  • People who have or allegedly have a child together
  • Other persons related by blood or by present or prior marriage
  • People with disabilities and their personal assistants
  • Caregivers

It’s vital to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can advise you through this challenging period. Choosing the right attorney can mean the difference between a permanent criminal record and walking out of court, breathing a sigh of relief.

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