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8.20.030 Curfew hours

1. It is unlawful for any minor under the age of eighteen (18) years whether a pedestrian or traveling by motor vehicle or other conveyance, to loiter, idle, wander, stroll, move about or play in or upon the public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks, playgrounds or public grounds, public places and public buildings, commercial parking areas, places of amusement and entertainment or vacant lots within Carson City:

a. For those under the age of fifteen (15) years between the hours of ten p.m. and five a.m.;

b. For those age fifteen (15) years but less than eighteen (18) years between the hours of midnight and five a.m.

2. The provisions of this section do not apply to a minor:

a. Accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or other adult person having care or custody of that minor;

b. Directed upon an emergency errand by his or her parent, guardian or adult person having care or custody of that minor;

c. Who is attending or traveling to or from a school, community or private function with approval of his or her parent or guardian or adult person having care or custody; provided, that a responsible adult person is physically present and immediately available to chaperone or supervise that function; or

d. Who is at his or her own residence or the adjacent common areas of the residence.

3. Any minor violating this section may be arrested and taken into custody by a law enforcement officer for transportation to the juvenile detention center, or cited and released to a parent or guardian, or taken home to his or her parent, guardian or other adult person having care and custody. Upon disposition the minor may be dealt with as deemed appropriate by the juvenile division of the first judicial district court, including a fine in an amount not to exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00).

8.20.040 Parental, guardian responsibility

1. It is unlawful for the parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of a minor to allow or permit that minor to violate the provisions of Section 8.20.030 or to allow or permit that minor to become a habitual truant as defined by Section 8.20.035.

2. Each violation of the provisions of this section constitutes a separate offense.

3. Whenever any minor is found abroad in violation of Section 8.20.030 or 8.30.035, the responding police officer, school attendance officer or authorized official must:

a. Attempt to notify a parent, guardian or other adult person having care and custody of the minor of the alleged violation;

b. Notify an officer or employee of the juvenile probation department of an alleged curfew violation, or in any case where the minor attends or is officially suspended from school in another county; and

c. Notify the Carson City School District attendance officer or the principal or other school officer at the minor's school of an alleged violation of Section 8.20.035.

4. Upon being informed of the alleged violation, an authorized officer or employee of the juvenile probation department must deliver or cause to be delivered written notice of the alleged violation to a parent, guardian or other adult person having care and custody of the minor. The juvenile probation department shall keep a written record of the parental notification.

5. Upon being informed of the alleged violation, an authorized officer or employee of the Carson City School District must deliver or cause to be delivered written notice of the alleged violation to a parent, guardian or other adult person having care and custody of the minor. The school district shall keep a written record of the parental notification.

8.20.050 Penalties

1. Any parent, guardian or other adult person having care and custody of a minor who violates Section 8.20.040 within one year after receiving notice of a previous curfew violation by that minor shall upon conviction be punished:

a. For a first offense, by a fine of not more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00);

b. For a second offense, by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300.00);

c. For any subsequent offense, for a misdemeanor.

2. Any parent, guardian or other adult person having care and custody of a minor who violates Section 8.20.040 within one year after receiving notice of habitual truancy by that minor shall upon conviction be punished for a misdemeanor.

3. The court at sentencing may impose hours of community service in a program administered by the city in lieu of all or part of any fine or imprisonment, or as a condition of a suspended sentence.

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Last updated: 9/30/2009 1:10:40 PM