Many states have a curfew law for children. Louisiana has a curfew law for nighttime activities for children under the age of 17. These laws are designed to keep children safe and cut down on juvenile crime that often occurs at night. Local cities and parishes in Louisiana may have stricter laws than the state itself, so check local laws before allowing a child out during curfew hours.
Louisiana has a statewide curfew for minors under the age of 17. Children 16 or younger are subjected to the curfew laws. In some areas, children of 17 years of age also have restrictions on their activities at night, which is determined by each parish or city individually. If a child is in an area with a stricter curfew law than the basic state requirements, he is also required to abide by those additional laws when under the age of 17.
Louisiana’s curfew law has two separate parts. Children under the age of 17 are not allowed to be in public areas between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am from Monday through Friday and are not allowed to be out on the weekends between the hours of 1 am and 5 am. A child is also not allowed to drive during these same hours.
There are some exceptions to the curfew law. Emancipated children can be out later at night. Children who are also working, driving to or from work, performing a reasonable activity or who are with an adult guardian or parent can be out past curfew. If there is an emergency situation, the child can also remain out past curfew.
If a child cannot prove the legitimacy of being out past curfew, there are some penalties that can be charged. Typically, a small fine is given to the child or parent for the first offense, and the fines increase for each subsequent offense. The parent or guardian of the child may also have sanctions placed against them after repeat offenses on the part of their child or ward.