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I am sorry you are dealing with this situation. It is normal that a City will send out personnel for purposes of determining if ordinances are being followed. This certainly would be the case in the event someone reported grass being too tall which is likely and hopefully the case rather then you being targeted. That would be unfortunate if a municipality engaging in this type of activity.
However, there is an issue here in which you did not receive the notices and there may be an opportunity if you retain a local counsel to negotiate a reduction (significant hopefully) in the fines issued to you.
The type of attorney one could hire in this situation is a land use/ real estate attorney or an attorney that deals with administration law. You could contact your State Bar Lawyer Referral Service for assistance in obtaining a lawyer referral. In addition, two resources that are helpful for a directory of lawyers is www.avvo.com and www.martindale.com. Both sites allow you to narrow your search for a particular area and also have lawyer reviews based on client and peer review.
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