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

Often, those charged with an ordinance violation plead guilty and pay the fine out of convenience.

Although a municipal offense is considered less serious than a felony or a misdemeanor, they show up on a criminal background check. They can also negatively impact employment opportunities, professional licensing, and housing applications.

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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