If an Oct. 7 City Council vote approves a new law, “crimes” like open containers and possession of drug paraphernalia will be ticketed, not earn the holder a summons to court. The tickets will come with hefty fines, and the recipient can still opt for a court date to plead their case.
Per the Valley News, the mayor and defense attorneys support the bill, which was submitted by Police Chief Richard Mello
One could ask why those are even offences, but this can still be seen as an improvement.
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