City offers ‘Instant Justice’ during holiday week

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gavelSAN DIEGO — People who receive citations in beach areas beginning Friday for certain non-traffic violations will have a chance to keep the offense off their record, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

The 10-day “Instant Justice” program, which is entering its third year, will be in place through July 7 for people ticketed in beach areas for violations like carrying an open container of alcohol, consuming alcohol in public, littering on the beach, having a dog off its leash, smoking in the park or urinating in public, according to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.

On July 8, eligible violators will be assigned six hours of community service. The City Attorney’s office said it won’t file cases against those who complete their work.

“This is a chance to give tourists and locals alike enjoying the Fourth of July holiday a second chance,’ Goldsmith said. “Instead of traveling back to San Diego and/or attending a court proceeding at a future date, you’ll have the chance to give back to our community and avoid a criminal charge on your record.”

In the first two years of Instant Justice, 109 offenders completed 545 hours of community service, according to the city attorney.

Offenders eligible for the program will be required to report July 8 at 9 a.m. to the parking lot of the Pacific Beach Shore Club, 4343 Ocean Blvd., and bring their citation, valid photo identification, and $40 in cash or a cashier’s check.

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