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Curfew Regulations

In order to keep young people out of trouble and out of danger, police in all communities in Hennepin County enforce the same curfew.

  Under 12 Sunday through Thursday - Home by 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturdays - Home by 10 p.m.
  Ages 12-14 Sunday through Thursday - Home by 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturdays - Home by 11 p.m.
  Ages 15-17 Sunday through Thursday - Home by 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturdays - Home by 12:01 a.m.

If young people are in a public place or business after the above hours without a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult, the police may give them a ticket. A public place includes schools, streets, parks, movie theaters, restaurants, bowling alleys, a car that is in a public place, etc.

Youth who get a ticket from the police because they are out past curfew have to pay a fine of $25. A second ticket results in a $50 fine, and a child must appear in court for a third ticket. For youth with a prior court record, a first curfew ticket requires a court appearance.

Parents must insist that their children are home by curfew time because it is against the law to allow children to be out past curfew. Parents who allow children to stay out past curfew can receive a ticket. The ticket is a misdemeanor (minor crime) which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $700 fine.

Business employees are required to ask children to leave at curfew time because it is a against the law
(a misdemeanor) for a business establishment to allow kids to remain in their buildings past curfew.