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The violation of any regulation shall be unlawful. Each day or portion thereof in which the violation continues constitutes a separate offense for which separate notices of violation may be issued. In addition, any violation of this Chapter shall constitute a misdemeanor and the City Attorney, or the City Attorney’s designee, shall, at his or her discretion, have authority to file a violation as either a civil violation pursuant to this Chapter or as a criminal misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in jail for a maximum term fixed by the court of not more than ninety (90) days or by a fine in an amount fixed by the court of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by both such imprisonment and fine. All criminal misdemeanor charges filed under this Chapter shall be filed with the Snohomish County District Court. When the City files criminal misdemeanor charges pursuant to this Chapter, the City shall have the burden of proving, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the violation occurred.

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