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No decision made on noise violation penalty

March 05, 1998

No decision made on noise violation penalty

Hagerstown City Council members discussed removing the jail-time penalty from the city noise law Tuesday, but didn't make a decision.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner, a defense attorney, proposed removing jail time as a penalty last week because of the potential cost to taxpayers, including the expense of public defenders for violators.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer asked if that would remove the teeth from the law because people then could refuse to pay the fine.

Metzner said if the defendant was an adult appearing in Washington County District Court, he or she could be sent to jail for refusing to pay the fine.

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Juveniles cannot be charged with violating the noise ordinance because of the jail penalty, although some can be charged under state law.

If there is a potential for jail time, youths are referred to the state's attorney's office and juvenile services, Metzner said.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein said she didn't want to further burden the state's attorney's office.

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