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Is a city ordinance violation considered a crime?

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A city ordinance violation is a misdemeanor, which is a crime punishable according to state law, according to Municode. The city ordinance outlines the punishment for the specific violation, not to exceed the provisions of the state's general statutes.

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Misdemeanors are not punishable by prison time like the more serious offenses classified as felonies. However, they are punishable by a fine, jail time or a combination of the two, states Criminal Defense Lawyer. Misdemeanors, sometimes referred to as gross misdemeanors in some states, are classified as Class A, B or C, or by distinct levels. The maximum penalty for a Class A misdemeanor in some states is $5000 or a year in jail. Punishments for the crimes, and classifications of the offenses, vary according to the provisions of the state general assembly.

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