My neighbor called the police because I was playing loud music late at night. What do I do now - pay the fine or go to court?

This depends upon the type of ordinance violation you received and in which municipality (city, town, village, etc.). Each municipality has its own set of ordinances that citizens and visitors are often unaware of but are still required to follow. Ordinance violations differ from a crime because they are issued by a municipality rather than the state. Examples of common ordinance violations include: disposal of abandoned cars or other waste on private property, noise disturbances (music, barking dogs), burning leaves without a permit, disorderly conduct, and trespassing.

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