What options do I have available if I receive an ordinance violation?

You have two options:

  1.  You may settle the case by paying the fine prior to your court date. See “Settling Before Court” below.
  2. You may appear in court and plead either guilty or not guilty. See “Going to Court” below.

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1. What are ordinance violations?
2. Where can I find a copy of the ordinance which I am accused of violating?
3. What options do I have available if I receive an ordinance violation?
4. How much is the fine?
5. How can I avoid coming to court?
6. Under what circumstances can I plead not guilty and contest a charge?
7. What is the procedure for contesting a charge?
8. Can someone else appear in court on my behalf (for example, a friend or family member)?
9. What are my rights with respect to a trial?
10. Do I need an attorney?
11. What type of trial is available?
12. What is a bench trial?
13. When is a jury trial available?
14. What is the probability that I will win my case?
15. What happens if I win in court?
16. What happens if I lose in court?
17. If found guilty, how much time am I given to pay the fine and court costs?
18. What are the consequences of pleading guilty in court?
19. What are some advantages to pleading guilty in court?
20. What are some disadvantages to pleading guilty in court?
21. What are the advantages of pleading not guilty?
22. What are the disadvantages of pleading not guilty?
23. Is public service work available instead of a fine?
24. Will the ordinance violation affect my driver's license?
25. When is my court date?
26. Who is eligible to pay a settlement at City Hall?
27. What if I have a prior ordinance violation?
28. What if I receive multiple ordinance violations arising out of a single incident?
29. How can I pay the settlement?
30. How long do I have to pay the settlement?
31. May I make partial payments?
32. Where do I send the citation and payment?
33. What happens if I do not pay the settlement by the court date?
34. What happens with my citation if I pay the settlement?
35. Why is it called a settlement?
36. How much do I have to pay?
37. Whom can I contact for more information?