Although it is commonly believed that the curfew hours are extended during the summer, the curfew laws are exactly the same for your child whether he or she is outdoors unsupervised during the summer or during the school year. Understanding curfew laws is important if you are the parent of a Phoenix teen. Not only do you want to keep your teen safe and out of trouble, but the law also allows you, as the parent, to personally be held responsible for a curfew violation in some cases.
What are the Phoenix curfew hours?
The hours that the Phoenix curfew is in effect vary depending on the age of your child:
- Under the age of 15: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Ages 16 and 17: Midnight to 5 a.m.
What are the exceptions to the curfew?
- Exceptions to the curfew apply if your teen is:
- With a parent or legal guardian;
- With another adult person;
- On an emergency errand;
- Involved in any "reasonable, legitimate, and specific business or activity directed or permitted by his parent" or other adult responsible for the teen;
- An emancipated minor.
It is important to note that an older teen, such as a sibling, cannot count as a valid guardian for a child. Only adults over the age of 21 can "supervise" your teen, according to Phoenix city laws.
What are the penalties for a Phoenix curfew violation?
A teen found in violation of the curfew laws could be charged with a misdemeanor offense in Phoenix. If it is a first offense, however, offenders are usually offered the option of attending a communication course for a fee instead. Any parent can be charged with violating the curfew laws if the judge feels this is appropriate.
Many other cities near Phoenix, such as Scottsdale and Mesa, have similar curfew laws. If you have questions about curfew laws or are the parent of a teen charged with a Phoenix curfew violation, call the Phoenix criminal lawyers with Curry, Pearson & Wooten today at 1-888-929-5292. We are Arizona juvenile defense lawyers who are prepared to answer your questions thoroughly and honestly. We also offer a free book that may be helpful for parents: Arizona Criminal Law - What You Must Know.