Do You Need to Fight a Jersey City Ordinance Violation?
The law can be confusing on so many levels. You can face all different federal and state charges. However, did you know that some legal problems actually involve local law? Let’s take a look at some Jersey City ordinance violations that might surprise you.
What do we mean by ordinance? Essentially, ordinances are a set of laws established by a municipality. Jersey City has its own, as do Hoboken and Newark. In fact, every city and town have voted in local laws. Municipal authorities set up ordinances, designed to keep law and order within their communities. They do not replace federal or state statutes or regulations.
Jersey City Ordinance Infractions
Some city ordinance infractions only carry nominal penalties. You may find it cost effective just to pay the fines if you are guilty of charges and move on with your life. However, you need to know that conviction of certain ordinance infractions can land you in jail. And, cost you a ton of money in fines, or cause you to give up your time to do community service. There’s also the problem with tarnishing your record.
Could this possibly be true? Let’s take a look at some ordinances and the penalties associated with failing to abide by them. Chapter 99 of the Jersey City Ordinances covers the local law concerning Barber Shops and Beauty Parlors. If you are a part of this industry, you should familiarize yourself with the local laws.
Massage and somatic therapy establishments also are governed by this section of Jersey City ordinances. Failure to comply with health code violations is one potential infraction. The conduct of workers is another. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the premises.
The penalties for violation of this particular part of Jersey City law bears review. For each day of an alleged offense, fines between $100 and $2,000 may be assessed. Individuals also risk a sentence of ninety days in jail or ninety days of community service. The municipal judge can even order both.
Did you know that Jersey City has a curfew law? It specifically applies to children, identified as those who are under the age of seventeen. Unless children are accompanied by their parent or guardian, they are prohibited from being in public places after 10:30 pm and before 6 am. Not sure what constitutes a public place? Here’s a synopsis of many that fall into that category:
- All public streets and roads
- Sidewalks and bridges
- Alleys and Plazas
- Parks, recreation, and shopping areas
- Public transportation facilities, such as the PATH station
- Parking facilities
- Restaurants, taverns, cafes, stores
There may be exceptions to the rules and an experienced attorney who practices in municipal court can advise you of any possible legal defenses. Nonetheless, parents and guardians can be found responsible if their minor children fail to abide by curfew laws. In fact, both the parent and child may be liable for fines and community service.
Don’t Take a Chance
At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we can offer you an experienced recommendation concerning any ordinance infractions. There is no cost to consult us regarding your charges. We can advise you of the consequences of your actions so that you can determine how to proceed. Contact our office to learn potential penalties that you might be facing.