Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 106.
Curfew — See Ch. 134.
Loitering — See Ch. 178.
§ 195-1Statement of purpose.
§ 195-3Criteria for presumption of offense by parent.
§ 195-4Prohibited acts.
§ 195-5Violations and penalties.
§ 195-6Remedies not exclusive.
The Township Committee of the Township of Riverside does specifically find and determine that a substantial number of incidents involved in the violation of public peace are committed by minors and in a significant part are occasioned by the failure of the parent of the minor to exercise reasonable control and supervision over said minor. There presently exist in the State of New Jersey certain statutes which do afford a means whereby parents are alerted to the responsibilities to both the minor and to society in general, and it is the legislative judgment of the Township Committee, after investigation of all facts, that supplemental local legislation is desirable and necessary to accomplish and enforce effective parental control and responsibility over minors. It is this void that this chapter is intended to fulfill pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:48-1.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any person under the age of 18 years.
- Includes either or both parents of a minor, legal guardian (as guardian of such minor) or other persons having the care or custody of the minor committing the violation of the public peace. In order to sustain a conviction under this chapter, it shall not be necessary to prove that the minor resided in or with the offending parent.
- VIOLATION OF THE PUBLIC PEACE
- Defacing, damaging or destroying public property or the private property of another within the Township of Riverside; committing an assault or assault and battery upon another in the Township of Riverside; or consuming and/or possession of alcoholic beverages and/or harmful drugs in a public place in the township.
An offense by a parent shall be rebuttably presumed pursuant to § 195-4 of this chapter when the following events occur: If a minor has been convicted before a court of competent jurisdiction of an act defined as juvenile delinquency or juvenile offense, which conviction the parents shall be rebuttably presumed to have knowledge of, and such minor shall again be charged and socially convicted of the same classification of offense, then, in that event, it shall be rebuttably presumed that the parent allowed, permitted and suffered said minor to commit a violation of the public peace.
It shall be unlawful for any parent to assist, aid, abet, allow, permit, suffer or encourage such minor to commit a violation of the public peace, as defined herein, either by overt act, by failure to act or by lack of supervision and control over such minor.
Any parent who shall violate the terms of this chapter shall be, upon conviction thereof, subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
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 any other legally available remedies.