ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany city leaders hope to curb crimes by handing out higher fines.
On Tuesday evening, city commissioners voted to increase the fines in municipal court to a maximum of $1,000, the highest allowed under state law.
City Attorney Nathan Davis said the move would give municipal court judges more authority to impose a higher fine than the present charter.
Right now, it states the judge can fine an offender up to $500.
But there are some offenses like a DUI that carry special fines.
Judges hope the higher fine will deter repeat offenders.
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