Borough of Paulsboro, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Paulsboro 12-4-1973 by Ord. No. 559. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Curfew — See Ch. 28.
Loitering — See Ch. 41.
Noise — See Ch. 43.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 46.

§ 45-1 Offenses against public peace, safety and morals.

Offenses against public peace, safety and morals include violations of the Curfew Ordinance of the Borough of Paulsboro[1] and the revised ordinance of the same; defacing the property of another (graffiti); destroying any property of another; mugging; assaults, assaults and battery; loitering in groups of three or more on any public streets, highways or alleys; littering or destruction or defacing of public property owned by the government of the Borough, county or state; destruction of playground equipment and public parks; the consumption of alcoholic beverages on a public street; drunkenness; begging; lack of supervision by a parent, legal guardian or other person having the care or custody of a minor child under the age of 18; and indecent exposure. A "person" is defined to include parents, guardians or persons having custody or control of minor children.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 28, Curfew.

§ 45-2 Penalties for offenses against public peace, safety and morals.

It shall be unlawful for any person to offend against the public peace, safety and morals as defined herein, or fail to supervise any minor under the age of 18 years, and after appearing before a court of competent jurisdiction for any violation of any statute or municipal ordinance, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both.

§ 45-3 Contributing to delinquency of minor; penalties.

It shall be unlawful for any parent, legal guardian or other person having the care or custody of a minor child under 18 years of age, by any act or by any word, or by the failure to act, or by lack of supervision and control over said minor child, to encourage, contribute toward, cause or tend to cause said minor to become neglected or delinquent by reason of activity of said minor child within the Borough of Paulsboro so as to come or tend to come under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Division of the Gloucester County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, knowing that said minor had offended the public peace, safety and morals, including any criminal statute of the State of New Jersey or ordinance of the Borough of Paulsboro, and said parent, legal guardian or person having custody of said minor shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both.

§ 45-4 Assisting in or permitting violation of this ordinance; penalties.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any parent, legal guardian or other person having custody and care of any minor child under the age of 18 to assist, aid, abet, allow, permit or encourage said minor to violate the provisions of this ordinance or any other ordinance of the Borough of Paulsboro as defined herein, either by overt act, by failing to act, or by lack of supervision and control over said minor child.
B. 
The fact that a child under the age of 18 years is apprehended while on any public streets, highways or parks after curfew as defined in the Curfew Ordinance,[1] as amended, shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section on the part of the parents, legal guardian or other person having custody or care of said minor; and said parent, guardian or person having the custody or care of said minor shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500, or imprisonment not exceeding 90 days in the county jail, or both.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 28, Curfew.

§ 45-5 Action against violators.

Any minor who is under the age of 18 apprehended for the violation of this ordinance, any laws of the State of New Jersey, ordinances of this municipality, or any federal statute shall be brought forthwith before a Judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the County of Gloucester, and the parent, legal guardian or other person having care and custody of said minor shall be summoned or arrested and brought before a Judge of the Municipal Court of the Borough of Paulsboro when said minor child is apprehended; the said minor child shall be held in the children's shelter or the county jail according to the direction and orders of the Judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the County of Gloucester, and the parent, legal guardian or person having the custody of said minor child, as aforesaid, who shall fail to provide supervision of said minor, as aforesaid, after the first offense by said minor, shall be subject to the penalties herein provided.

§ 45-6 Severability.

If any section, sentence, clause or phrase of this ordinance is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or otherwise invalid and unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining sections, phrases, words, sentences and clauses which shall be enforceable.

§ 45-7 Repealer.

All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed as to such inconsistency only.

§ 45-8 When effective.

This ordinance shall take effect upon its passage and publication according to law.