What is the curfew for minors? 4 Answers as of August 08, 2013

I was stopped by a police officer, at 2:33 am, I wanna know when curfew is.

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Lawyer for Indie Media | Sue Basko
Illinois has a very complex set of curfew laws. The laws depend on your age and whether you are driving or not. In addition, most towns and cities in Illinois have their own curfew laws, which may be more restrictive than the state law. If you are age 15 and have a driver permit, you are not allowed to drive on Sunday through Thursday from 10 PM to 6 am, or on Friday and Saturday from 11 PM to 6 am. Keep in mind, the local curfew may be earlier. There are also many other rules that apply, and you should absolutely read and know the law. If you are age 16 or 17, the same driving curfew hours apply, but there are different rules in place. Again, you must read and know the Illinois Drivers License law because it has many detailed rules for those under age 18. If you are not driving, the same curfew hours apply and state that you cannot be in any public location. Many towns and cities in Illinois have more restrictive curfew hours. Therefore, you must check the local law. In addition, many places in Illinois have daytime curfews. These curfews usually prohibit anyone under age 18 from being present in a public place during school hours. There is usually an exception if you are with a parent, which is meant for home-schooled children who are taken by their parent to lessons or outings. If you want to find the local curfew laws, look up the municipal code for the town. Keep in mind, you are required to obey the curfew law of the place where you are, not the town you are from. If your town does not have a daytime curfew, but you go into a town that does have daytime curfew, you can be cited or arrested there. With most curfew laws, your parents can also get into trouble for allowing you to violate curfew. If a person under age 18 has repeat curfew violations, often the parent will get into legal trouble or the state may intervene to put the child into state supervision or foster care.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 8/2/2013
Lawyer for Independent Media
Lawyer for Independent Media | Sue Basko
Curfew is usually a local law. For example, if you are in Los Angeles, there is a curfew law that is part of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, or LAMC. Under the LAMC, there is a daytime curfew for people under age 18, and a nighttime curfew as well. The daytime curfew says that during school hours, those under 18 cannot be out in public, such as at streets, parks, eating places, public buildings, unless you are with parent, it is an emergency, you are going directly to your job, or going to the doctor. The law has more details than this, but I am giving the overview. The Los Angeles nighttime curfew for those under age 18 is 10 PM until sunrise the following day.

If you live in a different city, you should check your local municipal code and ask about the curfew. Or you can call the police non-emergency number and ask about the curfew. Keep in mind that the curfew that applies is the one of the place where you are located. For example, if you live in a town where the curfew is later and you go into Los Angeles, you are subject to the 10 PM curfew while you are there.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/2/2013
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Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
Curfews are established by local governments so you will need to check with with your city or county to find out if a curfew exists and what the hours are.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 8/2/2013
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