If a person is under the age of 18, there are certain rules that apply in regard to the age that they can be in a public building or establishment. These laws are designed to protect minors and are always in the interest of the children.
The laws usually are concerned with the time that the minor can be present in a public building or company. These times are often between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
What are the exceptions to the juvenile curfew laws?
There are many exceptions to the laws in relation to juvenile curfews. For example, if the minor is in the presence of their parent or guardian, the rules do not apply. Similarly, if the minor is attending work, school or another regulated activity such as a religious event or a duty that they were told to conduct by an adult, the juvenile curfew law does not apply. Of course, in any type of emergency the rule will also be invalid.
What are the consequences of a minor breaking the juvenile curfew law?
The law is designed to prevent minors getting into trouble late at night, and the law is interpreted differently among states. However, minors with no valid reason for being in a public institution late at night can be fined or required to carry out some form of community service. Parents who allowed their children to break the juvenile curfew law may also be liable.
An experienced attorney can help you if you have been affected by the juvenile curfew law and have questions or concerns.
Source: Findlaw, "Juvenile curfew laws," accessed Oct. 08, 2017