City of Deer River Municipal Ordinances
for any person to purchase or otherwise obtain such items on behalf of a minor. It shall further be a violation for any person to coerce or attempt to coerce a minor to illegally purchase or otherwise obtain or use any tobacco, tobacco product or tobacco related device. This subdivision shall not apply to minors lawfully involved in a compliance check.
D. Use of False Identification. It shall be a violation of this ordinance for any minor to attempt to disguise his or her true age by the use of a false form of identification, whether the identification is that of another person or one on which the age of the person has been modified or tampered with to represent an age older than the actual age of the person.
A. Notice. Upon discovery of a suspected violation, the alleged violator shall be issued, either personally or by mail, a citation that sets forth the alleged violation and which shall inform the alleged violator of his or her right to be heard on the accusation.
B. Hearings. If a person accused of violating this ordinance so requests, a hearing shall be scheduled, the time and place of which shall be published and provided to the accused violator.
C. Hearing Officer. The City Council shall serve as the hearing officer, and may by resolution delegate this responsibility to such person or persons as it deems appropriate.
D. Decision. If the hearing officer determines that a violation of this ordinance did occur, that decision, along with the hearing officer's reasons for finding a violation and the penalty to be imposed under Section 1300 of this ordinance, shall be recorded in writing, a copy of which shall be provided to the accused violator. Likewise, if the hearing officer finds that no violation has occurred or finds grounds for not imposing any penalty, such findings shall be recorded and a copy provided to the acquitted accused violator.
E. Appeals. Appeals of any decision made by the hearing officer shall be filed in the district court for the County in which the alleged violation occurred.
F. Misdemeanor/Gross Misdemeanor Prosecution. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the City from seeking prosecution as a misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor for any alleged violation of this ordinance.