Florida Underage Curfew Violations

Just like any other state, Florida gives its cities and counties the leeway to enact their own regulation with regard to teenage curfew. Orlando regulations, for instance, were designed to reduce minor victimization, more so to prevent probable juvenile criminal behaviors. Florida curfew regulations are generally there to protect those that are under the age of 16 by prohibiting minors from being out and about late at night. However, they can face penalties if caught violating curfew laws.

Florida Curfew Laws for Minors

Section 877.22 of the Florida statutes defines the curfew laws for the state and prevents any minor under the age of 16 to be present at public establishment during the following hours:

  • Sunday till Thursday from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Saturday or Sunday from 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. if suspended from school.
  • This law does not encompass legal holidays.

Penalties for Curfew Violations in Florida

Penalties vary but the most typical consequence is a written warning for first-time violators. Second violations are charged with a civil infraction and a fine of $50. Some teenagers may be taken into custody. When a minor is taken to the police station or any civic group that is authorized to assist, then it is best for the parents and a juvenile lawyer to be present.

The Impact of Juvenile Curfew Violations According to Statistics

Back in the ’90s, underage curfew became such a powerful tool in combating juvenile delinquency; hence, it is still being practiced in various states. It has been proven to be an effective instrument in curbing arrests, but what do the numbers show? Looking at the records, what is actually implicated? Is there an improvement or a disintegration of juvenile behavior?

Records show that drug abuse arrests have risen steadily since the ’90s and so did murder arrests. The years 1987 through 1994 showed a sharp increase in aggravated assault. It has also been proven that teenagers that committed crime of the highest degrees were the only ones that were booked.

These numbers, though limited, clearly indicate one thing – the goal of a 1:1 ratio for arrests and crimes is still not achieved.

What to Do When Your Child is Charged With a Curfew Violation

If the police catch your child violating curfew they will likely take them into custody and record the incident. As long as they have not been charged with a separate criminal offense, the police will notify you to pick them up.  Immediately after this should call a juvenile defense lawyer to go over the details of the case and find out the impact it may have on your child’s future.

The federal government has sufficient funding for the juvenile justice system and rehabilitation has a high success rate. There are also preventative services and technical assistance which can deter future criminal acts. If all these aspects of juvenile governance are fully functional, then past delinquents still have a chance at succeeding on their lives. While the main objective of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate rather than punish, there are some youngsters who are transferred into adult court in case the juvenile court relinquishes its jurisdiction.

Though a curfew violation may not seem harmful, the charge will still appear on your son or daughters juvenile record which can have a negative impact on their future. These charges can be removed when they become an adult, but you must make sure to have it sealed or expunged. After a minor has been charged with a curfew violation, a juvenile attorney is the best person to talk to regarding the curfew laws in Florida and the proper handling of a juvenile record in accordance with juvenile court rules.

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