Music group expected in court on noise ordinance

By Deon Guillory - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A band accused of breaking Richmond's noise ordinance is expected in court Monday, but their attorney says the case should be thrown out.

Back in April, the group known as "Little Master" performed at a house party on West Clay Street and got tickets under the ordinance.

The law states, between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. loud noise can only be heard by the person making the noise.

The group says they planned to stop at 11 p.m. as a courtesy to neighbors - but that didn't happen.

"Just in the middle of that song we just looked up and the cops were there," claimed one of the band members. "The cop said, 'I could put you in handcuffs and take you to jail right now.'"

The band says at least six officers came to the house and not only did they threaten to arrest them, but also searched the entire house.

Their lawyer has since filed motions to suppress evidence because police searched the home without a warrant and the other to dismiss charges on the grounds that the ordinance is unconstitutional.

Since the ordinance passed in February, dozens of tickets have been written, mostly for loud music complaints.

The musicians and the house renter face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 dollar fine.

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