Township of Ocean, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Ocean by Ord. No. 1975-6, as amended through Ord. No. 1992-6 (§ 5-13 of the 1972 Ocean Codified Ordinances). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Curfew — See Ch. 144.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 268.

§ 252-1 Definitions.

[Amended by Ord. No. 2002-28]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MINOR
Any unemancipated person under the age of 18 years.
PARENT
Defined to include either or both natural parents of minor, the legal guardians of such 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 such 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 such 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 such any proceeding hereunder.
A. 
"Violation of the public peace" shall be defined including any of the following acts:
(1) 
Defacing, damaging, or destroying public property or the private property of another within the Township;
(2) 
Committing an assault or assault and battery upon another in the Township;
(3) 
Robbery, stealing or larceny including shoplifting;
(4) 
Knowingly receiving stolen property;
(5) 
Breaking and entering or entering without breaking into the property of another with the intent to steal;
(6) 
Threatening another with the intention of extorting money or anything of value;
(7) 
Possession or use of controlled dangerous substance as such shall be defined under N.J.S.A. 24:21-1 et seq.;
(8) 
Juvenile delinquency based upon any of the above offenses.

§ 252-2 Prohibited acts of parents.

No parent shall assist, aid, abet, allow, permit, suffer or encourage a minor to commit violation of the public peace, as defined in § 252-1, either by overt act, by failure to act or by lack of supervision and control over such minor.

§ 252-3 Notice to parents.

A. 
Immediate notice of detention. Whenever a minor shall be taken into custody or detained for the commission of any such violation of the public peace within the Township, the parents of the 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 the provisions of this section.
B. 
Written notice of delinquency. When minor is charged with violation of the public peace and the court makes an adjudication of delinquency, the Chief of Police or his/her designated agent shall forthwith serve written notice of adjudication of delinquency upon the parents, together with written warning of the penalties and other provisions of this chapter with respect to the commission within one year of second violation of the public peace by the minor.

§ 252-4 Parental responsibility.

A. 
Presumption. If at any time within one year of serving notice the minor shall be charged with violation of the public peace and shall again be adjudicated delinquent, it shall be presumed, subject to rebuttal by competent evidence that the parents of the minor during such period of time, allowed, permitted or authorized the minor to commit violation of the public peace.
B. 
Police record. A record of such notifications shall be kept by the Police Department.

§ 252-5 Violations and penalties.

Any parent who shall violate the terms of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to punishment by a fine not to exceed $500.

§ 252-6 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 legally available remedies.