Examples of Juvenile Curfew Laws and Penalties
To get an understanding of what juvenile curfew laws cover -- including potential penalties for violations -- check out the following examples of juvenile curfew laws in five U.S. cities. (You may also want to see Juvenile Curfew Laws in the 25 Most Populous U.S. Cities.)
- Birmingham, Alabama
Under a curfew law that went into effect on October 1, 2008, unsupervised children under 17 are prohibited from being on Birmingham streets after 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, and after 11:00 p.m. on weekends. Fines for curfew violations are $500 for each offense, and parents may also be held liable for their child's curfew violations under the Birmingham law.
More information: Birmingham curfew law (City of Birmingham) [PDF file]
- Columbus, Ohio
A new pilot program in Columbus, Ohio requires children under 13 to be home one hour after sunset, and prohibits minors under 17 from being on the streets after midnight. After the first violation, the child and a parent must attend a 3-hour workshop. A second curfew violation requires the minor to perform community service, coordinated by the local YMCA. A third curfew violation could result in charges, a fine of $500, or jail time.
District of Columbia
In D.C., persons under 17 cannot remain "in or on a street, park or other outdoor public place, in a vehicle or on the premises of any establishment" during curfew hours, subject to certain exceptions like adult-supervised activities and work. Curfew hours in D.C. are 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 12:01 a.m. to 6:01 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
More information: D.C.'s Curfew Laws: Know the Facts (D.C. Metro Police Department)
- Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles curfew laws prohibit people under 18 from being outside or in public places between 10 p.m. and sunrise, subject to a number of exceptions. Curfew violations are punishable by fines and penalty assessments that total $675, and violations may also result in community service and driver's license restrictions.
More information: City of Los Angeles Curfew Information (Los Angeles Police Department)
In Philadelphia, curfew hours vary between the school year and summer break, and between weekdays and weekends. For example, during the school year, children under 13 may not be in a public place after 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, and after 9:30 p.m. on the weekends. A first violation of Philadelphia's curfew law will result in the imposition of a $250 fine and/or community service.
More information: Philadelphia Curfew Law Summary (City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services).
Charged With a Curfew Violation? Consider Meeting With an Attorney
If you or your minor child have been cited for a juvenile curfew law violation, a skilled criminal defense attorney who specializes in juvenile law can help you navigate the juvenile justice system. Get started today by finding an experienced, local criminal defense attorney.