2010 Maryland Code
BUSINESS REGULATION
TITLE 12 - SECONDHAND PRECIOUS METAL OBJECT DEALERS AND PAWNBROKERS
Subtitle 5 - Prohibited Acts; Penalties
Section 12-502 - Penalties.

§ 12-502. Penalties.
 

(a)  Criminal.-  

(1) A person who willfully or knowingly violates this title is guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, is subject to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or both. 

(2) Each associate, employee, manager, or partner who participates in or consents to a violation of this title is guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, is subject to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 1 year or both. 

(3) Each violation of this title is a separate offense. 

(b)  Civil.-  

(1) The Secretary may impose on a person who violates any provision of this title a penalty not exceeding $5,000 for each violation. 

(2) In setting the amount of the penalty, the Secretary shall consider: 

(i) the seriousness of the violation; 

(ii) the harm caused by the violation; 

(iii) the good faith of the violator; 

(iv) any history of previous violations by the violator; and 

(v) any other relevant factors. 

(3) The Secretary shall pay any penalty collected under this subsection into the General Fund of the State. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 56, § 426; 1992, ch. 4, § 2; 1997, ch. 227; 2001, ch. 187.] 
   

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