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      RS 30:544     


§544. Violation; penalties, civil and criminal

           A.(1) Any person who shall be determined by the assistant secretary, after notice and an opportunity for a hearing, to have violated any provision of this Chapter or any rule, regulation, or order promulgated or issued under this Chapter shall be liable to the office of conservation for a civil penalty not to exceed two hundred thousand dollars for each violation for each day that the violation persists, except that the maximum civil penalty shall not exceed two million dollars for any related series of violations.

           (2) The amount of the penalty shall be assessed by the assistant secretary by written notice.

           (3) In determining the amount of the penalty, the assistant secretary shall consider the nature, circumstances, and gravity of the violation and, with respect to the person found to have committed the violation, the degree of culpability, any history of prior violations, the effect on ability to continue to do business, any good faith in attempting to achieve compliance, ability to pay the penalty, and such other matters as justice may require.

           B. The legal counsel employed or retained by the assistant secretary may recover the assessed civil penalty by bringing action against the person so assessed in the court having jurisdiction. The assistant secretary may compromise the civil penalty.

           C. Any person who willfully and knowingly violates this Chapter or any rule, regulation, or order issued under this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be subject for each offense to a fine of not more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both, for each violation.

           Acts 1990, No. 599, §1, eff. July 19, 1990; Acts 2018, No. 57, §1.

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