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Criminal Versus Civil Enforcement of Local Ordinances--What's the Difference?

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Several methods are available to cities and counties when enforcing their ordinances. Criminal enforcement is one, with the punishment usually being the payment of a fine. Another method is civil enforcement through an action in the nature of a debt, with the punishment being the payment of a penalty. This bulletin explores the differences that can result because a city or county decides to enforce a particular ordinance through one or the other method of enforcement.
Local Government Law Bulletin (NoCar KFN 7830 A15 L6), Vol. Issue 130, Dec 2012, p1-9, f