City of Absecon, NJ
Atlantic County
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§ 172-1 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 14-2006 § I]
As used in this chapter the following terms shall be defined to mean:
GUARDIAN
A person other than a parent to whom legal custody of the juvenile has been given by Court Order who is acting in the place of the parent or a person who is responsible for the care and welfare of the juvenile;
JUVENILE
An individual who is under the age of 18 years;
PUBLIC PLACE
Any place to which the public has access including, but not limited to, a public street, road, thoroughfare, sidewalk, bridge, alley, plaza, park, recreation, athletic or shopping area, public transportation facility, vehicle used for public transportation, parking lot or any other public building, structure or area.

§ 172-2 Hours of curfew; exceptions.

[Ord. No. 14-2006 § II]
It shall be unlawful for juveniles to be in any public place between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. This prohibition does not apply if said juvenile is:
A. 
Engaged in or traveling to or from a business or occupation which the laws of the State of New Jersey authorize a juvenile to perform;
B. 
Engaged in an errand involving a medical emergency;
C. 
Attending religious services, extracurricular school activities, activities sponsored by a religious or community organization or other cultural, educational or social events, or is in direct transit to or from such events.

§ 172-3 Parental responsibility.

[Ord. No. 14-2006 § III]
It shall be unlawful for any parent or guardian to permit, suffer or allow any juvenile in his or her care to be in any public place between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

§ 172-4 Violations; penalty.

[Ord. No. 14-2006]
Any person found guilty of having violated Section 172-2 or Section 172-3 shall perform community service and may be subject to a fine of no more than $1,000 and if parents or guardians as well as the juvenile are found guilty of violating this section, the parents or guardians shall perform community service together with the juvenile. The period of community service will not exceed 90 days.