[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Lumberton 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Lumberton Township finds and declares that the uncontrolled and unsupervised activities of minor persons within the Township of Lumberton are detrimental to the maintenance of public safety and contrary to the general welfare. It is further found and declared that parental responsibility for the proper control and supervision of minor children is essential to effective law enforcement within the Township.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any unemancipated person under the age of 18 years.
- Includes either or both natural parents of a minor, the legal guardians of the 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 the minor. For 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 the 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 such termination or transfer of responsibilities shall bear the burden of establishing the same in any proceedings hereunder.
- VIOLATION OF THE PUBLIC PEACE
- Any violation of the statutes of New Jersey or the ordinances of the Township of Lumberton, including but not limited to any of the following acts: defacing, damaging or destroying public property or the private property of another within the Township of Lumberton; committing an assault or assault and battery upon another in the Township of Lumberton; robbery, stealing or larceny, including shoplifting; knowingly receiving stolen property; violation of any existing loitering or curfew laws of the Township; breaking and entering or entering without breaking into the property of another with the intent to steal; threatening another with the intent of extorting money or anything of value; possession or use of a controlled dangerous substance, as same shall be defined under N.J.S.A. 24:21-1 et seq., or juvenile delinquency based upon any of the above offenses.
It shall be unlawful for any parent to assist, aid, abet, allow, permit, suffer or encourage a minor to commit a violation of the public peace, as defined herein, either by overt act or by lack of supervision and control over such minor. Whenever a minor shall be taken into custody for the commission of any such violation of the public peace within the Township of Lumberton, the parents of such minors shall be notified as promptly as possible by the Police Department of such custody and the reasons therefor and of the responsibility of the parents under this chapter and shall be advised of the availability of counseling services.
If there be such notification, two separate subsequent violations of the public peace by a minor within a one hundred eighty-day period shall create a presumption of parental responsibility which shall constitute a violation of the public peace by the offending minor's parents.
Each separate violation of the public peace by a minor within a twelve-month period shall create a presumption of parental responsibility which shall constitute a violation of the public peace by the offending minor's parents.
Any person who violates the terms of this chapter, upon conviction, shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000. Additionally, if the court finds that there has been a financial loss suffered by a victim, the court shall determine the amount of such loss and shall order restitution to be made within a prescribed period of time, but not longer than 30 days. Any parent who fails to comply with an order for restitution as hereinabove set forth shall be deemed in violation of this chapter and shall be in contempt of court.