(a) General penalty. Any person who shall violate the provisions or requirements of this article, or rules and regulations promulgated under this article, or who engages in the custom application of pesticides without having a license therefor or who shall fail or refuse to perform any duty or requirement imposed by the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than $25.00 nor more than $500.00 and, within the discretion of the court, may also be imprisoned for a term not to exceed six months.
(b) Remedy by injunction. In addition to the penalty prescribed in subsection (a) of this section and notwithstanding the existence of an adequate legal remedy, the circuit court, or any judge thereof, shall have jurisdiction and for cause shown and upon a hearing to grant a temporary restraining order or a preliminary or permanent injunction, or all, restraining and enjoining any person from performing the custom application of pesticides, as same is defined in this article, without having a valid permit as required by said article or after such a permit has been revoked or violating, or continuing to violate, any of the requirements of this article, or any rule or regulation adopted under authority thereof. Complaints for injunctive relief as authorized under this subsection shall be filed in the circuit court of the county of residence of the person who performs work or services in violation of this article or in the county where such unauthorized work is performed. Any restraining order or injunction issued under this subsection shall be issued without a bond. Any action commenced under this subsection based upon facts furnished by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries or others having knowledge thereof may be brought in the name of the State of Alabama; provided, that such action shall be brought upon the relation of the Attorney General and with his approval, and such officer shall, upon his request, be assisted by the district attorney of the judicial circuit or deputy district attorney for the county in which injunctive proceedings are filed.