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What to know about Ocean City’s Backpack ban and curfew

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2023 | Criminal law

Ocean City, a popular shore town in New Jersey, has recently taken decisive action to address concerns regarding underage drinking, vandalism and other incidents. Mayor Jay Gillian has enacted new policies with the intent of curbing these issues and preserving the town’s reputation as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”

Two significant measures introduced are the backpack ban and a revised curfew. Unfortunately, the new rules may also lead to unexpected charges for residents and visitors unfamiliar with the recent changes.

The new backpack ban

One of the key policies implemented in Ocean City is the backpack ban, which restricts individuals from carrying backpacks on the beach and boardwalk after 8 p.m. The ban is a direct response to incidents of vandalism, shoplifting and other unlawful activities that occurred during late hours. By enforcing this measure, Ocean City aims to prevent the concealment of illegal substances or weapons, promoting a safer and more secure environment for everyone.

The backpack ban applies to people of all ages, emphasizing the town’s commitment to creating a harmonious atmosphere for families and individuals.

A curfew for juveniles

Another significant change implemented in Ocean City is the revision of the curfew for juveniles. The curfew, previously set at 1 a.m., is now 11 p.m. By moving the curfew, Ocean City intends to discourage unsupervised gatherings, reduce instances of underage drinking and enhance overall safety in the community. The revised curfew applies to all individuals under the age of 18.

While complying with the ban and curfew is essential, it is important to note that if charged with violating either measure, seeking legal representation from a quality criminal defense attorney is advisable. A skilled attorney can provide guidance on the specific legal implications and explore potential defenses to ensure a fair and just resolution.