§ 11-9-13.15 Penalty for operating without a dealer license. (a) Any individual or business who violates this chapter by selling or conveying a tobacco product without a retail tobacco products dealer license shall be cited for that violation and shall be required to appear in court for a hearing on the citation.
(b) Any individual or business cited for a violation under this section of this chapter shall:
(1) Either post a five hundred dollar ($500) bond with the court within ten (10) days of the citation; or
(2) Sign and accept the citation indicating a promise to appear in court.
(c) An individual or business who has accepted the citation may:
(1) Pay the five hundred dollar ($500) fine, either by mail or in person, within ten (10) days after receiving the citation; or
(2) If that individual or business has posted a bond, forfeit the bond by not appearing at the scheduled hearing. If the individual or business cited pays the five hundred dollar ($500) fine or forfeits the bond, that individual or business is deemed to have admitted the cited violation and to have waived the right to a hearing on the issue of commission on the violation.
(d) The court after a hearing on a citation shall make a
determination as to whether a violation has been committed. If it is
established that the violation did occur, the court shall impose a five hundred
dollar ($500) fine, in addition to any court costs or other court fees.
(P.L. 1996, ch. 321, § 1.)