(a) A person who violates a provision of this article, or who fails to perform a duty required of him by this article, commits an offense. A person is guilty of a separate offense for each day or part of a day during which the violation is committed, continued, or permitted.
(b) Except as provided in Subsection (c), an offense under this article is punishable by a fine of not more than $2,000 or less than:
(2) $150 for a first conviction of a violation of Section 18-4(e)(1);
(4) $200 for a first conviction of a violation of Section 18-10.
(c) An offense under section 18-4(c)(1) is punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or less than $50. An offense under Section 18-4(e)(2) is punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or less than $150. An offense under Section 18-5.1(a)(1) is punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or less than $150. Each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense and will be subject to the fines established in this section.
(d) The minimum fines established in Subsections (b) and (c) shall be doubled for the second conviction of the same offense within any 24-month period and trebled for the third and subsequent convictions of the same offense within any 24-month period. At no time shall the minimum fine exceed the maximum fine established in Subsection (b) or (c), whichever applies.
(e) Except where otherwise specified in this code, a culpable mental state is not required for the commission of an offense under this article.
(f) As an alternative to imposing the criminal penalty prescribed in Subsection (b) or (c), the city may impose administrative penalties, fees, and court costs in accordance with Article IV-b of Chapter 27 of this code, as authorized by Section 54.044 of the Texas Local Government Code, for an offense under this article. The alternative administrative penalty range for an offense is the same as is prescribed for a criminal offense in Subsection (b) or (c), whichever applies. (Ord. Nos. 20599; 22334; 25927; 26274; 30879, eff. 1-1-19)