In addition to use of the
Code Enforcement Board process, Officers are empowered by State Statute and
County Code to issue non-criminal citations. These citations, while
requiring the defendant to appear in County Court, are classified as civil
infractions. A person receiving a citation may choose to pay a reduced
civil penalty and avoid a court hearing, or a hearing may be requested.
However, if someone is found guilty at a hearing, the responsible person may
be ordered to pay the full penalty amount, without reduction.
Typically, citations are used as a last resort to correct violations which
are on public property, such as illegal vendors or signage placed upon
rights-of-way, but may be used for other code infractions on private
property. Additionally, citations may be used for violations which are
repeatedly created and corrected immediately prior to Code Enforcement Board
hearings or where use of the Code Enforcement Board has not deterred the
respondent from continuing the violation.