What Is a Municipal Ordinance Violation? 

 May 5, 2015

By  LMW Attorneys

Municipal ordinances are the rules, regulations, or codes enacted into law by local government. Therefore, municipal ordinance violations are any actions that violate one of the rules, regulations, or codes set forth in a city’s code of ordinances. While municipal ordinances will differ on a city-by-city basis, they tend to be of a similar nature. In any case, it is a good idea to be familiar with the specific municipal ordinances in your city. If you are not familiar with them, it can be easy to accidentally violate one.

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Examples of Municipal Ordinances

Municipal ordinances are different in every city, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the specific ordinances and codes in your town. Tampa, Florida, for example, has a Code of Ordinances set forth with rules pertaining to parking, alcoholic beverages, park and recreations and more.

Below are a few common examples of municipal ordinances in Florida counties:

– Sleeping in prohibited areas
– Soliciting without the proper permit and license
– Refusing to pay a taxi driver
– Violation an animal control ordinance
– Being too loud after a specified time
– Consuming alcohol

Consequences of a Municipal Ordinance Violation

Municipal ordinances differ in each county, which means the consequences of violating an ordinance differ too. Although there are consequences for violating a municipal ordinance, the consequences are typically minor and less severe than receiving a misdemeanor charge. In most counties, municipal ordinance violations do not require fingerprinting, booking, and the like, and are simply kept on file. This is not to say that one should take ordinance violations lightly. While one municipal ordinance violation most likely will not garner severe consequences, multiple ordinance violations can lead to steep fines and potential jail time.

For more legal information about Ordinance Violations, check out our blog: What Is an Ordinance Violation?

If you have received a municipal ordinance violation and are looking for legal guidance, contact the attorneys at Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins. Our legal team has handled a variety of cases, including various municipal ordinance violations. In doing so, we possess the necessary skills and experience to guide you through this tough time and garner the best possible outcome. Contact us today at 727-478-4125 or schedule a free consultation online.

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