AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE
PESTICIDES AND CHEMIGATION
22-3423. Penalty for violations. (1) Any person who shall forge, alter, counterfeit, simulate or falsely represent, or who shall without proper authority use any license issued by the director under this act, or who shall violate or fail to comply with any provisions of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or imprisoned in the county jail for not less than three (3) months nor more than twelve (12) months or be subject to both such fine and imprisonment.
(2) Any person who violates or fails to comply with any provision of this act or any rules promulgated under this act may be assessed a civil penalty by the department or its duly authorized agent of not more than three thousand dollars ($3,000) for each offense and shall be liable for reasonable attorney fees. Assessment of a civil penalty may be made in conjunction with any other department administrative action. No civil penalty may be assessed unless the person charged was given notice and opportunity for a hearing pursuant to the Idaho administrative procedure act. If the department is unable to collect such penalty or if any person fails to pay all or a set portion of the civil penalty as determined by the department, it may recover such amount by action in the appropriate district court. Any person against whom the department has assessed a civil penalty under this section may, within thirty (30) days of the final agency action making the assessment, appeal the assessment to the district court of the county in which the violation is alleged by the department to have occurred. Moneys collected for violation of a rule shall be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the pesticide account of the department.
(3) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as requiring the director to report minor violations for prosecution when he believes that the public interests will be best served by suitable warnings or other administrative action.
[22-3423, added 1976, ch. 190, sec. 2, p. 704; am. 1990, ch. 269, sec. 3, p. 763; am. 1996, ch. 22, sec. 16, p. 56.]