For the purpose of regulating the conduct of juveniles in public places and providing certain exceptions to protect fundamental rights of juveniles.
This county law was enacted for the purpose of regulating the conduct of juveniles in public places and providing certain exceptions to protect fundamental rights of juveniles.
SUBTITLE 14. MORALS AND CONDUCT.
DIVISION 1. JUVENILE CURFEW.
Sec. 14-101. Definitions.
(a) For the purposes of this Division, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
(1) Emergency means an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action. The term includes, but is not limited to, a fire, natural disaster, or automobile accident, or any situation requiring immediate action to prevent serious bodily injury or loss of life.
(2) Juvenile or minor means any unemancipated person under the age of seventeen (17) years.
(3) Operator means any individual, firm, association, partnership, or corporation operating, managing, or conducting any place open to the public. The term includes the members or partners of an association or partnership and the officers of a corporation.
(4) Parent means any person having temporary or permanent care or custody of a juvenile as a natural or adoptive parent, as a legal guardian, as a person stands in loco parentis, or as a person to whom legal custody has been given by court order.
(5) Place open to the public shall mean any privately-owned place of business operated for a profit to which the public is invited, including, but not limited to, any place of amusement or entertainment, regardless of whether a charge for admission or entry is made.
(6) Public place means any place to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access and includes, but is not limited to, streets, common areas of schools, shopping centers, parking lots, parks, playgrounds, transportation facilities, theaters, restaurants, shops, bowling alleys, taverns, cafes, arcades, and similar areas that are open to the use of the public. "Street" includes any public right-of-way, including, but not limited to, the cartway of traffic lanes; the curb; the sidewalks, whether paved or unpaved; and any grass plots or other grounds found within the legal right-of-way of a street.
(7) Remain means to stay behind, to tarry and to stay unnecessarily in a public place, including the congregating of groups (or of interacting minors) totaling three or more persons in which any juvenile involved would not be using the streets for ordinary or serious purposes, such as mere passage or going home, or to fail to leave the premises of a place open to the public when requested to do so by a police officer or the operator of a place open to the public.
(8) Time of night referred to herein is based upon the local prevailing standard of time.
(Gen. Res. No. 12-1967; CB-103-1995)
Read more on CB-105-1995 and Subtitle 14 Moral and Conduct and other laws from the Prince George's County code.
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