Section 6-5-160.4

Violation, suspension, cancellation of abatement order.

(a) A violation of any court order issued pursuant to this division is punishable as a contempt of court by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than thirty thousand dollars ($30,000), or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. At least one-half of all fines collected as punishment for contempt shall be paid into the general fund of the county if the action against the defendant was commenced by the county governing body or a county government agency. Evidence concerning the duration and repetitive nature of the violations shall be considered by the court in determining the penalty for contempt.

(b) Upon finding that a defendant has willfully violated an order issued pursuant to this division, the court may issue any additional orders necessary to abate the nuisance or to carry out the punishment for contempt.

(c) The court may suspend the effectiveness of an order of abatement for no more than 90 days if the owner of the property establishes that he or she had no knowledge of the nuisance, and could not reasonably be expected to have knowledge, and the owner avers under oath that he or she will immediately undertake specified measures to abate the nuisance for the following two-year period. An abatement order issued pursuant to this subsection may not be issued for the benefit of a defendant who has been found in contempt of court as part of the same action. An order issued pursuant to this subsection is a suspension and is not a withdrawal of the original order.

(d) The courts shall cancel the order of abatement if the owner of the property satisfies the court that the nuisance has been abated for the past 90 days, and posts a bond in an amount to be determined by the court, which shall be immediately forfeitable if the nuisance recurs during the following two-year period.

(Act 98-467, p. 893, §5.)