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Loitering by individuals may create a host of problems, including inconvenience to passers-by and other disorderly conduct. Individuals or groups who intimidate peaceful citizens or who engage in other disruptive behavior make it unpleasant for people to enjoy the city.

According to the City of Newark Municipal Code, it is illegal to:
  • Fail or refuse to move on when lawfully ordered to do so by a police officer.
  • Loiter or prowl in a place, at a time or in a manner not usual for law-abiding individuals under circumstances that warrant alarm for the safety for persons or property in the vicinity.
  • Loiter, remain, or wander about in a public place for the purpose of engaging or soliciting another person to engage in sexual intercourse.
  • Stand, sit idling, loiter, or congregate with others on any doorstep open to the public, pavement, sidewalk, or crosswalk so as to obstruct or hinder the free and convenient passage of persons walking, riding, or driving over or along such pavement without making way upon a reasonable request from any person.

Minimum Fine
The minimum fine for loitering is $10 for the first offense.