Don’t need answer fast, I’m not in the habit of littering.
Many US highways have signs detailing a maximum fine for littering. I would guess that it’s worded this way because it’s shown to be a more effective deterrent to list the maximum rather than the range. But how does one get the maximum instead of the minimum? I do realize that state laws vary, so I’m looking for examples of deciding factors. Maybe either a) on a repeat offense, or b) throwing out certain items, e.g. not a candy wrapper but a water heater, or a cigarette butt during fire warnings?
This website does a good summary of state laws, and from a reading of e.g. California it suggests that a) not the primary factor, as you can still earn a range from each offense, and even your 12th offense ranges $750-1000.