Chapter 10.22
COURTHOUSE SECURITY

Sections:

10.22.010    Breaching courthouse security measures—Entering courthouse through unauthorized entryways.

10.22.020    Sheriff’s security officers—Arrest powers.

10.22.030    Violations.

10.22.010 Breaching courthouse security measures—Entering courthouse through unauthorized entryways.

(A)    It is unlawful for any person to breach, defeat, bypass or tamper with any mechanism, system or facility installed to prevent, bar or restrict access to the Santa Cruz County Courthouse or the Watsonville Court Annex, with the intent to circumvent the courthouse entry screening, or to aid another in such a breach, defeat, bypass or tampering.

(B)    It is unlawful for any person to enter, with the intent to circumvent the courthouse entry screening, or exit the Santa Cruz County Courthouse or the Watsonville Court Annex by way of any access door, hallway or entryway which is posted as “restricted” or “no access,” unless authorized to do so by a peace officer or Sheriff’s security officer. [Ord. 4491 § 1, 1998].

10.22.020 Sheriff’s security officers—Arrest powers.

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 836.5 of the Penal Code, Sheriff’s security officers, upon approval by the Sheriff-Coroner, are authorized to arrest a person without warrant whenever they have reasonable cause to believe that the person has committed an infraction or a misdemeanor in their presence which is a violation of this chapter. [Ord. 4491 § 1, 1998].

10.22.030 Violations.

Any person violating or causing or permitting the violation of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of an infraction and shall be punished by a fine in accordance with SCCC 1.12.040; provided, however, that any offense which would otherwise be an infraction shall be a misdemeanor if a defendant has been convicted of three or more violations of this chapter within the 12-month period preceding the commission of the offense alleged in the accusatory pleading. For this purpose, a bail forfeiture shall be deemed to be a conviction of the offense charged. [Ord. 4491 § 1, 1998].