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"Civil Offense" means an offense against the City of Springfield set forth in the Codified Ordinance of The City of Springfield, Ohio, made subject to a civil fine by this chapter. Charging a person with a civil offense is an alternative to criminal prosecution. A person charged with civil offense may not be arrested for the commission of the civil offense.
If a person is charged with a criminal offense for the same conduct for which that person was charged with a civil offense, the civil offense process shall be promptly suspended or the charge dismissed without prejudice.