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Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | | August 31st, 2009

What you need to know about your rights in the city of London

With warm weather still circulating, it is inevitable that partygoers will be in full swing come a new school year. With new and returning students in and around the Fanshawe College area, parties are going to be evident and timing couldn't be better for you to know your rights when dealing with the law.

Here is a quick run down of what you need to know as London's by-laws may differ from city to city.

Noise Levels
Remember when throwing a party or having a larger than normal get-together, to keep your noise levels at a minimum. The last thing you need is to tick off your neighbours and have police called to deal with a mess that could've been avoided in the first place. A new by-law passed in April of 2009 sets the minimum fine at $175 to a maximum of $5,000 for a person's first offence. For subsequent convictions a fine would rise to a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum penalty of $10,000.

No peeing on buildings
This one applies especially to the male population out there who believe it is their given right to pee on anything they see fit. Charges for this offence are especially laid during the month of September and can range between a $120 to a $130 fine by police. Use a restroom to avoid unnecessary charges.

Alcohol should be kept off the streets
If you are going to consume alcohol then be sure to keep it in the vicinity of your property to avoid problems with the law. If you are underage and consuming alcohol in public you will be subject to a fine of $130 and the same goes for freely drinking while in a public place in the city of London.

Under the influence
The Public Nuisance By-law enforces individuals residing in the city of London to behave in such a manner that does not disrupt the well-being of all residents living in the city. The by-law was passed in open council on February 20, 2006 and subjects will be fined accordingly with fines starting at $65 an incident.

Yes it's true. People's judgment is impaired while intoxicated but that is no excuse to act like a pain in the ass without consequences to follow. If you find yourself in trouble with the law due to stupid acts while you weren't thinking straight, you can find yourself in a whole lot of trouble in front of a judge. Fines vary according to offence.
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