In a story that makes you think, “just quit while you’re ahead!” Corona resident and owner of AMG Outdoor Advertising, Inc. and Rockefellas bar Alex M. Garcia has gotten himself into quite the expensive pickle. Let’s dive in.

The Illegal Billboard

Back in December of 2014, Garcia erected a billboard in a parking lot in the middle of the night without obtaining the required state and local permits. He placed ads for his bar and the Pala Casino on the billboard and refused to take it down when the city cited him for noncompliance with city ordinances. After his refusal, the city filed a nuisance abatement action in the Superior Court and the court ordered an immediate injunction. Garcia then appealed the Court’s injunction and filed a related case in federal court, both of which were unsuccessful.

The Hefty Price Tag

Garcia has since racked up an enormous bill for his trouble. When a permanent injunction was filed the Court ordered Garcia to pay $150,000 in penalties for wasting everyone’s time. The City of Corona was also entitled to $300,000 for legal and administrative fees. Unfortunately, Garcia didn’t give up and filed a lawsuit calling the city’s ban on unofficial billboards unconstitutional. Last month, the courts again ruled in the city’s favor and Garcia’s penalties jumped to $357,000 to the City for their attorney fees and $800,000 in retribution for his illegal activities. All in all, Garcia now owes the City of Corona over $1 million in damages.

The Cost of Good Counsel

It is difficult to believe a reputable attorney would have advised Garcia to continue on this path after hitting so many roadblocks, but not all firms are created equal. If you are in need of sound legal representation, Hales & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation is here to help. Contact our Murrieta office today at (951) 489-3320 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your criminal defense or personal injury matter.