[HISTORY: 1984 Code §§ 80-1—80-4 as amended through December 31, 2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall purposely or knowingly vandalize, deface or otherwise damage the tangible property of another by painting, writing, drawing or otherwise inscribing in any fashion or materials what is commonly known as "graffiti". For the purpose of this chapter, "graffiti" shall include any form of painting, writing or inscription, regardless of the content of said painting, writing or inscription or the nature of the materials used in the commission of the act.
If at the time of the offense charged, any persons shall be under the age of 18 years, the Family Court shall have exclusive jurisdiction of the trial of such infant or infants, and such infant or infants shall be surrendered to the Family Court, and the case, including all papers and process thereto, shall be transferred to said Court as provided in N.J.S.A. 2C:4-11.
Any person who violated any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to imprisonment not exceeding (90) days or to a fine not exceeding $500, at the discretion of the Municipal Court. As a condition of sentencing, the Municipal Court shall have the authority to order that the offender be responsible for cleaning, repairing, painting or otherwise restoring the damaged property to the condition it was in prior to being damaged. In the event that the offender is unable, for any reason, to comply with the above, the Municipal Court shall have the authority to order that said offender make the necessary monetary restitution to restore the property to its original undamaged condition.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:53A-15, any parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of an infant under 18 years of age who fails or neglects to exercise reasonable supervision and control of such infant shall be liable in a civil action for any destruction or damage caused by such infant offender under Section 80-1, above.