Code violations are Class C Misdemeanors, which result in fines only. Violators cannot be jailed for these infractions alone. However, failing to make an appearance in court, as instructed in the citation, can result in a "Failure to Appear" charge and a warrant for the defendant's arrest. An individual can be found guilty of failing to appear even if found innocent of the initial violation in which he or she was charged. Ordinances carry fines up to $2,000.00.
Citations, or tickets, are issued when an individual fails to comply with an ordinance. The individual may plead no contest or guilty and pay a preset fine or may plead not guilty and request a court date. Defendants may choose a trial by judge or by jury.