What Are Typical Legal Ramifications of Breaking Swimming Pool Fence Laws?


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The legal ramifications of breaking swimming pool fence laws vary from one jurisdiction to another. For example, the state of Florida classifies it as a second degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 60 days in jail, according to the Florida state legislature.

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The crime of breaking swimming pool fence laws is not necessarily punishable on an immediate basis upon its discovery by relevant officials or subject to a hearing before a judge by the perpetrator. If, using Florida as an example, the perpetrator reconciles the unlawful aspects of his pool area within 45 days of arrest or of issuance of a summons for the crime, and attends a drowning education program, he need not be subject to any legal ramifications, per the Florida state legislature.

In other jurisdictions, jail time is not a penalty ordered by the legal system. In New Mexico, the violation of swimming pool fence laws is a petty misdemeanor that is subject to a maximum fine of $1,000. There, if the perpetrator does not bring his swimming pool fence into compliance with the law within a specified period of time, he can also be subject to the state revoking his pool permit, according to the New Mexico state legislature.

Pool owners should be aware that they are simultaneously subject to the laws of their municipality, their county, their state and federal law, and can be subject to citations and penalties for being in violation of one while in full compliance with the laws of the other three, according to Signs.com.

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