A recent article out of Albuquerque, NM highlights a growing trend — that violent juvenile crime isn’t impacted by curfews. According to the report, citing FBI stats, juvenile crime nationwide sees spikes in the morning, then increases significantly in the afternoons when school lets out. Crime goes down throughout the evening hours when curfews are typically enacted in an attempt to reduce crime.
The article quotes Peter Simonson of the ACLU, “Logically, these curfew laws are not going to have the impact that they’re intended to have because they’re not capturing those very times when teens are most likely to commit crime. It basically explains why these teen curfew laws have not had any impact on juvenile crime anywhere in the country.”
Locally, several localities have curfew laws, and both minors and their caregivers can be charged with violations. If you or a juvenile in your care has been charged with a curfew violation, please contact JR Jaw at 757-455-9277 for a free consultation about your case.
Here are links to a few of the local curfew laws:
- Virginia Beach Curfew (11 p.m. to 5 a.m.)
- City of Norfolk Curfew (11 p.m. to 5 a.m.)
- City of Chesapeake Curfew (11:01 p.m. to 5 a.m. for minors 16 and under; 12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. for 16 and older)
- City of Newport News Curfew (10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 p.m. to 5 a..m. Friday and Saturday)