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It is unlawful for any person to violate any provision or to fail to comply with any of the requirements of this code.
(a) Misdemeanor. Any person violating any of the provisions or failing to comply with any mandatory requirements of this code is guilty of a misdemeanor, except as otherwise specified by state law or expressly provided by this code. Unless a different penalty is expressly provided by this code, any person convicted of a misdemeanor under the provisions of this code shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding six months, or both fine and imprisonment.
(b) Infraction. Any person convicted of an infraction for a violation of this code, as expressly provided herein or specified by state law, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $250.00.
(c) Multiple Violations. Any offense which would otherwise be an infraction is a misdemeanor if a defendant has been convicted of three or more violations of this code within the twelve month period immediately preceding the commission of the offense, or four or more violations of this code within the twenty four month period immediately preceding the commission of the offense, and such prior convictions are admitted by the defendant or alleged in the accusatory pleading. For purposes of this section, a bail forfeiture shall be deemed to be a conviction for the offense charged.
(d) Separate Offense. Each person is guilty of a separate offense for each and every day during any portion of which any violation of any provision of this code is committed, continued or permitted by such person and shall be punished accordingly.
(e) Reduction of Misdemeanors to Infractions. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, whenever violation of any section of this code is punishable as a misdemeanor, the city attorney may file a complaint or make a motion to amend an accusatory pleading specifying that the offense is an infraction.
(f) Public Nuisance. In addition to the penalties hereinabove provided, any condition caused or permitted to exist in violation of any of the provisions of this code is a public nuisance and may be summarily abated as such by the city. Each day that such condition continues shall be regarded as a new and separate offense.
(Ord. 4745 § 2, 2002: Ord. 4453 § 2, 1997: Ord. 3794 §§ 1, 2, 1988: Ord. 2770 § 1, 1974: Ord. 2146 (part), 1963: prior code § 1.05)