City of Trenton, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Trenton 9-7-1967 as § 3-24 of the Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Curfew — See Ch. 58.

§ 180-1 Findings.

The City Council finds and declares that the uncontrolled and unsupervised activities of minor persons within the City are detrimental to the maintenance of public safety and contrary to the general welfare. It is further found and declared that parental responsibility for the proper control and supervision of minor children is essential to effective law enforcement within the City.

§ 180-2 Definitions.

The following word meanings shall apply herein:
MINOR
Any unemancipated person under the age of 18 years.
PARENT
Includes either or both natural parents of a minor, the legal guardians of the minor or any other adult persons who have voluntarily or otherwise assumed the responsibilities of a natural parent with respect to custody, care and control of the minor. For the purposes of the enforcement of this chapter, the term "parent" shall not apply to natural parents, legal guardians or other persons whose responsibility for the custody and control of the minor has been transferred to another person or otherwise terminated by court order or by the emancipation of the minor by marriage, military service or other circumstances. Persons claiming the benefit of any such termination or transfer of responsibilities shall bear the burden of establishing the same in any proceedings hereunder.
VIOLATION OF THE PUBLIC PEACE
Includes any of the following acts: defacing, damaging or destroying public property or the private property of another within the City; or committing an assault or assault and battery upon another in the City; robbery, stealing or larceny including shoplifting; knowingly receiving stolen property; violation of any existing loitering or curfew laws of the City; or breaking and entering or entering without breaking into the property of another with the intent to steal; or threatening another with the intent of extorting money or anything of value; or possession or use of a controlled dangerous substance, as same shall be defined under N.J.S.A. 24:21-1 et seq., or juvenile delinquency based upon any of the above offenses.

§ 180-3 Certain acts prohibited.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any parent to assist, aid, abet, allow, permit, suffer or encourage a minor to commit a violation of the public peace, as defined herein, either by overt act, by failure to act or by lack of supervision and control over such minor. Whenever a minor shall be taken into custody or detained for the commission of any such violation of the public peace within the City of Trenton, the parents of such minor shall be immediately notified by the Police Department of such custody or detention and the reasons therefor and of the responsibility of parents under this chapter.
B. 
In addition to those procedures established as a deterrent to juvenile acts of vandalism and to parental neglect of child supervision pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:53A-14, and upon the conviction of any juvenile under the age of 18 years for any high misdemeanor, misdemeanor or violation of any statutes of the State of New Jersey or ordinances of the City of Trenton which acts include vandalism, destruction or damage to realty, personalty, pets, animals, livestock, or other chattel, the parent or parents, lawful guardian or guardians of such juvenile shall be responsible for financial reimbursement to the victim of such crime or offenses. A complaint shall issue and upon determination by the court that there in fact have been financial losses suffered by the victim, the court shall determine the amount of restitution to be made within a prescribed time but not longer than 30 days.
C. 
Any person who fails to comply with an order for restitution as hereinabove set forth shall be deemed in violation of this chapter and shall be in contempt of court and in violation of this chapter.

§ 180-4 Violations and penalties.

Any parent who shall violate the terms of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to punishment as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty.

§ 180-5 Cumulative remedy.

The remedy provisions of this chapter shall be cumulative, not exclusive, and the state or any other person shall have the right to proceed under any legally available remedies.