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  • Cobb County Ordinance Violations: The Facts You Need To Know

    Written on October 15, 2014

    Most local municipalities have a set of ordinances that cover a variety of situations. Ordinances usually vary from city to city, but for the most part these rules and regulations are similar in nature. In most cases, there is an official or officer in charge of enforcement and writing tickets, if necessary.

    Ordinances are genuinely less serious than state laws. While offenses like shoplifting and driving under the influence are state laws, things like grass length and trash in a yard are regulated on a local level by an enforcement officer.

    In Kennesaw, for example, ordinances include:

    • Overgrown yards
    • Illegal dumping
    • Graffiti
    • Illegal signs
    • Junk vehicles
    • Dilapidated housing
    • Immediate safety concerns like abandoned refrigerators, unsecured pools and aggressive animals.

    In most instances, there will be warnings issued by the city you reside in before a ticket is issued. If you are given a ticket, much like a traffic citation, you have options. You can simply pay the fine or you can appear at your court date and fight the charge. Whatever you do, don’t simply ignore the ticket because you question its validity. Most code problems are the result of neighbor complaints. In fact, a number of local city websites have an online form for making complaints.

    If you decide to not pay the ticket and appear in court, don’t stand before the judge alone. It’s imperative that you are represented by legal counsel. The attorneys at The Silverbach Group have a wealth of experience in all aspects of the law and are here to help.

    If you don’t take any action, things could get even worse. If you don’t pay the ticket, and fail to show up on your court date, the judge could issue a warrant for your arrest. A simple case of your grass needing to be mowed could result in deputies arriving at your door to take you into custody. You may not even know a warrant has been issued. Just imagine driving with your children and getting pulled over for a minor traffic infraction and suddenly being handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car. If you ignore a code citation, that could become a very real scenario.

    If you are preparing to go to court, or are facing repercussions for missing court due to an ordinance matter, contact The Silverbach Group today. We are here for expert legal consultation and assistance.

    You can reach us at (770) 635-0334.