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Civil Penalty

A civil penalty or civil fine is a financial penalty imposed by a government agency as restitution for wrongdoing. the wrongdoing is typically defined by a codification of legislation, regulations, and decrees. the civil fine is not considered to be a criminal punishment, because it is primarily sought in order to compensate the state for harm done to it, rather than to punish the wrongful conduct. as such, a civil penalty, in itself, will not carry jail time or other legal penalties.