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Learn more about juvenile curfew laws

Juvenile curfew laws vary from one location to the next, which can often make it difficult for juveniles and their parents to fully understand what is expected of them.

Generally speaking, these laws are in place to prohibit people of a particular age group – usually under the age of 18 – from being in a public place during certain hours (such as after 11 p.m.)

Since juvenile curfew laws vary greatly by locality, it's always best to ask local law enforcement for more information. This is the best way to ensure that you fully understand the laws in place.

There are exceptions to juvenile curfew laws, such as when:

  • A minor is accompanied by a parent
  • A minor is traveling to or from work
  • A minor is attending a religious event
  • A minor is attending a school event
  • An emergency

Just the same as the implementation of juvenile curfew laws, punishments also vary from location to location. Some of the most common penalties include:

  • Fines, which typically come into play for repeat offenders
  • Community service
  • Driver's license restriction
  • Detention in juvenile hall

Depending on the city, if a parent knowingly allows a juvenile to break a curfew law, he or she could also face punishment.

Since it can be a challenge to understand juvenile curfew laws, there are times when a minor is charged with this crime without fully understanding why.

It may not be the most serious charge, but it can still have a negative impact on your life. For this reason, don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights should you end up in this position.

Source: FindLaw, "Juvenile Curfew Laws - The Basics," accessed Aug. 10, 2017

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