City of Paterson, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Paterson 4-9-1996 by Ord. No. 96-029. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 113.
Amusements and amusement devices — See Ch. 117.
Public billiard and pool rooms — See Ch. 133.
Block parties — See Ch. 137.
Dance halls and dancing academies — See Ch. 191.
Entertainment and shows — See Ch. 203.
Garage sales and flea markets — See Ch. 249.
Graffiti — See Ch. 255.
Littering — See Ch. 313.
Noise — See Ch. 337.
Nuisances — See Ch. 341.
Obscene materials — See Ch. 345.
Parades and processions — See Ch. 355.
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 363.
Roller-skating rinks — See Ch. 389.
Registration of sexual offenders — See Ch. 411.
Smoking — See Ch. 421.
Spitting — See Ch. 431.
Public telephones — See Ch. 452.
No person shall commit any of the acts enumerated below, each of which shall be deemed and considered disorderly conduct or a breach of the peace:
A. 
Use loud, offensive, disorderly, threatening, abusive or insulting language or conduct himself or behave in any offensive, disorderly, threatening, abusive or insulting manner.
B. 
Act in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct or be offensive to others.
C. 
By his actions cause a crowd to collect, except when lawfully addressing such a crowd.
D. 
Interfere with any person in any place by jostling against such person or unnecessarily crowding him or by placing a hand in the proximity of such person's pocket, pocketbook or handbag.
E. 
Station himself in any place or follow or accost any person for the purpose of obtaining money or other property from said person by any trick, artifice, swindle, confidence game or in any other illegal manner.
F. 
Station himself on the streets or follow any pedestrian for the purpose of soliciting alms or solicit alms on the streets unlawfully.
G. 
Stand on sidewalks or street corners and make insulting remarks to or about passing pedestrians or annoy such pedestrians.
H. 
Accost or approach another unknown to him, on a public street or other public place in the city, and then knowingly and by word, sign or gesture attempt to speak to or become acquainted with such person against his will, except in the transaction of legitimate business.
No person shall:
A. 
Set off or discharge any revolver, pistol, gun, cannon or firearm of any description using cartridges or gunpowder for ammunition; provided, however, that nothing contained herein shall be construed to extend to any military maneuvers, to any authorized target practice, to the explosion of dynamite or similar material used for blasting purposes under proper supervision and to any police officer in the line of duty.
B. 
Discharge or hurl any missile of any kind from any air gun or slingshot.
No person shall resist any police officer or member of the Police Department or other city official in the discharge of his duties or in any way interfere with or hinder or prevent any police officer, fire fighter or city official from discharging his duties as such police officer or member of the Police Department, fire fighter or city official, or threaten him or attempt to rescue any person so in custody.
A. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
KNOWN PROSTITUTE or PANDERER
A person who, within one (1) year previous to the date of arrest for violation of this section, has, within the knowledge of the arresting officer, been convicted of violating any ordinance of the city defining and punishing acts of soliciting, committing or offering or agreeing to commit prostitution.
PROSTITUTION
Engaging for hire in sexual activity, including homosexual or other deviate sexual relations.
B. 
Unlawful acts. No person shall:
(1) 
Commit or offer or agree to commit an act of prostitution.
(2) 
Secure or offer to secure another for the purpose of committing an act of prostitution.
(3) 
Knowingly transport a person into or within the city for the purpose of promoting that persons engaging in prostitution or procuring or paying for transportation with that purpose.
(4) 
Knowingly receive, offer or agree to receive another into any place or building for the purpose of performing an act of prostitution or to knowingly permit another to remain there for any such purpose.
(5) 
Direct another to any place for the purpose of committing an act of prostitution.
(6) 
Knowingly in any way aid, abet or participate in an act of prostitution.
(7) 
Loiter in or near any thoroughfare or place open to the public in a manner and under circumstances manifesting the purpose of inducing, enticing, soliciting or procuring another to commit an act of prostitution. Among the circumstances which may be considered in determining whether such purpose is manifested are:
(a) 
That such person is a known prostitute or panderer, repeatedly beckons to, stops or attempts to stop or engages male passersby in conversation; or
(b) 
Repeatedly stops or attempts to stop motor vehicle operators by hailing, waving of arms or any other bodily gesture. No arrest shall be made for a violation of this subsection unless the arresting officer first affords such person an opportunity to explain such conduct, and no one shall be convicted of violating this subsection if it appears at trial that the explanation given was true and disclosed a lawful purpose.
[Added 11-12-1996 by Ord. No. 96-065; amended 5-23-2006 by Ord. No. 06-047]
Urinating on any street, sidewalk or any other public place in the City of Paterson is prohibited. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine in the amount of $50. Fines for violation of § 195-5 are payable at the Violations Bureau without court appearance. Costs of court of $30 will be imposed, consistent with New Jersey Court Rule 7:11-4, for all such payments.
[Added 5-27-2014 by Ord. No. 14-023]
A. 
Definitions: As used in this section, the following terms will have the meanings indicated:
COMMERCIAL OR RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT
An establishment used for commercial purposes, including but not limited to bars, restaurants, private offices, law offices, fitness clubs, retail stores, barbershops, salons, banks and financial institutions, supermarkets or grocery stores, liquor stores, auto dealerships, and any other establishments operating in the ordinary course of commerce.
B. 
Unlawful acts. No person shall:
(1) 
Interfere, obstruct, or otherwise disrupt, by means of force, violence, physical interference or obstacle, the lawful activities of any commercial establishment in a manner outside the purview of speech or conduct normally protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution; or
(2) 
Prevent a person from lawfully entering a commercial establishment at specified business hours in a manner outside the purview of speech or conduct normally protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
C. 
Any person who violates any provision of T.C.O.P. § 195-6 shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000, by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service for not more than 90 days, or any combination thereof.