Curfew for Juveniles
(Effective July 1, 1997)
 
Ordinance 16-3, Code of Prince William County, Virginia, makes it unlawful in Prince William County for anyone 17 years of age or less to be, or remain, in any public place between the hours of:
 
11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Sunday through Thursday
and between the hours of
11:59 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Friday and Saturday.
 
Are there Exemptions?

Certain circumstances may exempt some juveniles from the Curfew Law. The exemptions are as follows:

  • When accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult person to whom the minor has been temporarily entrusted.
  • When engaged in an errand for a parent, guardian or other adult person to whom the minor has been temporarily entrusted.
  • When engaged in lawful employment.
  • When attending an official school function, religious activity, civic function or recreational activity sponsored by a county or civic organization, or similar entity, and including travel to and from.
  • When involved in an emergency.
  • When in a vehicle during interstate travel.
  • when on property, or sidewalk, abutting residence with permission of parent or guardian.
  • When married, previously married or emancipated.
  • When participating in activities exercising First Amendment rights.
  • When a minor is attending a scheduled performance at an entertainment business with the written permission of the minor’s parent or guardian.
 
What happens to Violators?
Minors detained for a violation of the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance may be arrested; may be taken to a Juvenile Curfew Center; may be released to the custody of a parent or guardian; may be released after the issuance of a summons for Court; or may be issued a warning. 
 
What are the Penalties? 
 
1st Offense - in lieu of a fine the Court may impose community service of up to 50 hours.
2nd Offense - the penalty shall be a fine of not less than $200 and/or up to 100 hours community service.
3rd Offense - the penalty shall be a fine of not less than $350 and/or up to 200 hours community service.
Parents of minors who are arrested and transported to a curfew center must pay a processing fee.
 
What is the Parent’s Responsibility?
 
It is unlawful for the parent or guardian, or other adult person responsible for the care and custody of the minor, to knowingly permit, or by insufficient parental control to allow, any such minor to violate the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance.
 
Upon second or subsequent conviction of this offense the Court may impose a fine or jail sentence. 
 
What is the Local Business Responsibility? 
 
It is unlawful for the owner, manager, employee, or any other person having control of any business open to the public, during its business hours to knowingly permit any minor to remain on the business property during curfew hours unless the minor is (a) accompanied by a parent or guardian, or other adult person responsible for the care and custody of the minor; (b) engaged in lawful employment at the business; or (c) engaged in an errand directed by his parent or guardian, or other adult person responsible for the care and custody of the minor.
 
Upon conviction the Court may impose a fine or jail sentence. There is no violation if the minor refused to leave after being requested to do so and the owner manager or employee promptly notified the police of the violation.