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What is the curfew in Glendale, Arizona on weekdays and weekends? Also, what exactly would happen if I was out past curfew?

Answer

Each city in Arizona may inact their own curfew laws. A city's laws are sometimes called the 'Municipal Code' or 'City Code.' The Glendale city Code that covers curfew is Sec. 26-53.

That Glendale City law states that it is unlawful for any minor under the age of sixteen (16) years to be out of their residence between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Minors who are between 16 and 18 must be in their residence between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.

The Glendale City Law also makes it unlawful for the parent or guardian to allow their juvenile to be out past curfew, either knowingly or unkowingly. It also makes it unlawful for parents or guardians to refuse to take custody of the minor after a law enforcement officer requests it.

There are exceptions to the City of Glendale curfew law. For instance, it is OK if a juvenile has permission from a parent to be involved in a resonable and specific activity like going to the store, or to a school play. It is also OK if a student is out past curfew while involved in an emergency, or while engaged in a reasonable and legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights protected by the United States Constitution (freedom of speech and assembly).

Any minor who violates this law in Glendale is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor. This offense is designated an incorrigible offense for minors under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

Added:
Friday, 23 July 2010
Revised:
Friday, 23 July 2010

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