Township of Pennsauken, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Pennsauken 3-13-1978 by Ord. No. 78-3 as § 188-1H, 188-2 and 188-4 of Ch. 188 of the 1977 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 198-1 Loitering prohibited.

Loitering is prohibited in a public place or upon the private property of another without the owner's consent in such a manner as to:
A. 
Create any disturbance or annoyance to the comfort and repose of any person.
B. 
Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
C. 
Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in any public place.

§ 198-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
LOITERING
Remaining idle in essentially one location and shall include the concepts of spending time idly, loafing, standing or sitting or walking aimlessly, lounging, sleeping and the colloquial phrase "hanging around."
PUBLIC PLACE
Any place to which the public has access and shall include any street, highway, road, alley or sidewalk. It shall also include the front or the neighborhood of any store, shop, restaurant or other place of business and public grounds, areas, parks and schools as well as parking lots, shopping centers or other private property not owned by or under the control of the person charged with violating this chapter, or in the case of the minor, not owned or under the control of his or her parent or guardian.

§ 198-3 Violations and penalties.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person 18 years of age or over to violate the provisions of § 198-1 of this chapter, and said adult violator shall be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,250 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, on such terms and in such form that the Municipal Court Judge shall deem appropriate, or any combination thereof.
[Amended 9-12-1984 by Ord. No. 84-26; 3-26-1997 by Ord. No. 97-09]
B. 
It shall be a violation for anyone under 18 years of age to perform any act proscribed in § 198-1, and said violator shall be subject to the laws and procedures of the State of New Jersey regulating juvenile offenders.
[Amended 12-30-2002 by Ord. No. 02-32]
C. 
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 to permit, acquiesce or contribute to the violation of § 198-1 by said juvenile under his or her care or custody. Any such parent, legal guardian or person having care or custody of said minor offender shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000, in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.
[Amended 9-12-1984 by Ord. No. 84-26; 12-30-2002 by Ord. No. 02-32]
D. 
Anyone who violates Subsection C of this section shall be initially noticed for appearance by summons and not by warrant.
[Added 9-28-1994 by Ord. No. 94-46]
E. 
Legislative intent with respect to sentencing. Where there are violations of this chapter under Subsection C and said violation is the result of damage to property, it is the legislative intent of this chapter that, where circumstances warrant, the penalty be suspended where adequate and just restitution has been made.