Night Walkers Law and Legal Definition
One who walks the street at night is a night walker. Night Walkers are of suspicious appearance and behavior. A night walker can be a robber or a prostitute. The term denotes persons who sleep by day and walk by night. The purpose of such behavior can be commission of crime, nuisance, mischief or to disturb peace. Night Walkers are subject to criminal law in respect to misdemeanors actually committed.
A person may be indicted for being a common night walker, as for a misdemeanor. Where a person is taken up in the night as a night walker and disorderly person, though by a lawful officer, it has been considered that the arrest would be illegal, if the person so arrested were innocent, and there were no reasonable grounds of suspicion to mislead the officer. [Miles v. Weston, 60 Ill. 361, 365 (Ill. 1871)]