(a) The judge of the municipal court shall hear any case brought before the court pursuant to this article and shall determine whether the defendant is, in fact, in violation of this article. At the trial it is presumed, unless demonstrated otherwise by the defendant, that the vehicle that is the subject of the complaint is inoperable.
(b) Upon a finding that the defendant is in violation of this article, the defendant is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine not to exceed $200. The judge of the court shall further order the defendant to remove and abate the nuisance within 10 days.
(c) If the defendant fails or refuses, within 10 days, to abate or remove the nuisance, the judge of the municipal court may issue an order to the director to have the nuisance removed, and the director shall take possession of the junked vehicle and remove it from the premises. The director shall then dispose of the vehicle in such manner as the city council may provide that is consistent with state law, and the vehicle shall not be reconstructed or made operable. (Ord. Nos. 13900; 19963; 20599; 21025)