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49-502. Violation; classification

A. Any person who violates any provision of this article, any rule adopted pursuant to this article or any effective order of abatement, permit or permit condition issued pursuant to this article is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor for each day the violation continues unless another classification is specifically prescribed in this article. Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense. Peace officers and the control officer and his deputies shall have the authority to issue a notice to appear under the same conditions and procedures set forth in section 13-3903 for a violation of any provision of this article, any rule adopted pursuant to this article or any effective order of abatement, permit or permit condition issued pursuant to this article.

B. Any person who violates any provision of this article, any rule adopted pursuant to this article or any effective order of abatement, permit or permit condition issued pursuant to this article is subject to a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars per day per violation. The county attorney, at the request of the control officer, may commence an action in superior court to recover civil penalties provided by this section. Penalties recovered pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the special public health fund prescribed in section 49-480.

C. In determining the amount of a fine or civil penalty under this section, the court shall consider:

1. The seriousness of the violation.

2. As an aggravating factor only, the economic benefit, if any, resulting from the violation.

3. Any history of such violation.

4. Any good faith efforts to comply with the applicable requirements.

5. The economic impact of the penalty on the violator.

6. Such other factors as the court deems relevant.