- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A northern Michigan prosecutor is asking the county board of commissioners to adopt an ordinance that would designate construction code violations as municipal civil infractions instead of misdemeanors.

Leelanau County Prosecutor Joe Hubbell tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle (https://bit.ly/1NiJrG6 ) that some violations may be deserving of a misdemeanor charge, but others are simply civil infractions.

Hubbell will ask the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday to adopt an ordinance to designate construction code violations as municipal civil infractions. The resolution would still allow Leelanau Building Official Steve Haugen to request misdemeanor charges.

Hubbell says citations are easier to issue than misdemeanor charges because they require a preponderance of evidence instead of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. They also don’t carry possible jail time as misdemeanors do.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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