Code enforcement has informed me that I must come to court to contest a charge of working on my own vehicle (car) in my driveway. Took a picture of me working under the hood and two days later I got an invitation to attend code enforcement court to contest the charge of having an occupation of working on cars at my address. They say they are enforcing the building code. How can that be since I am not a developer or builder? Besides, my occupation is with Wal Mart warehouse in Winter Haven Florida. I have previously filed a declaration of homestead several years ago. If it is my private property how can they enforce anything on me. I believe I have a right to enjoy my property this way. I am not in a business of working on cars for anyone.
The code enforcement officer thinks you were working on someone else's car for pay, but was simply wrong. You MUST go to the hearing. A "no show" is a loss and the code enforcement board will impose fines and other sanctions. Go to the hearing!
When you go to the hearing, bring several pictures of the car you were working on when the code enforcement officer took your picture. Make sure at least one of those pictures has the license tag visible and enough of the car that it can be recognized; also bring a close-up of the tag where the tag can be read. Bring your title and registration that match the tag on the car. That should be enough to win the hearing.
I strongly suggest that you consult a local attorney. Use the "Find a Lawyer" link at the top of this web page to help select an attorney who can give you specific legal advice based on the particular facts and circumstances of your case. Many will provide an initial consultation without charge. You can also use the Florida Bar's "Find a Lawyer" feature at the link I have posted below this answer (select "Browse by Location").
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline