With classes in the county schools ending Tuesday, May 24, 2018, Eutaw Police Chief Derick Coleman expressed a concern that parents need to get more involved with their children. “Now that schools are closing for the summer, all parents should be mindful of their child /children’s whereabouts,” he said.
Chief Coleman explained that curfew laws will be strictly enforced. Juvenile curfew laws are local ordinances that prohibit people of a certain age (usually under 18) from being in public or in a business establishment during certain hours (such as between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.).
Juvenile Curfew Laws and Exempted Activities
Almost all juvenile curfew laws identify exempted activities or exceptions under which juveniles may lawfully be out after curfew. These exceptions will vary by jurisdiction, but typically include the following:
* Minors accompanied by a parent or guardian
*Minors traveling to or from work.
*Minors attending official school or religious events
* Minors running errands under an adult’s instruction
Punishment for Juvenile Curfew Violations
Punishment for juvenile curfew law violations also varies among jurisdictions, but can often include one or more of the following options:
* Fines (usually increasing for subsequent violations)
* Imposition of community service or required enrollment in after-school programs
* Restriction of driver’s license privileges
* Possible detention in jail or juvenile hall.
* Parents who knowingly allow their children to violate curfew laws may also be subject to fines and other punishment.