Texas Local Government Code

Sec. § 351.903
County Juvenile Curfew


To provide for the public safety, the commissioners court of a county by order may adopt a curfew to regulate the movements or actions of persons under 17 years of age during the period beginning one-half hour after sunset and extending until one-half hour before sunrise or during school hours, or both. The order applies only to the unincorporated area of the county.


This authority includes the authority to:


establish the hours of the curfew, including different hours for different days of the week;


apply different curfew hours to different age groups of juveniles;


describe the kinds of conduct subject to the curfew;


determine the locations to which the curfew applies;


determine which persons incur liability if a violation of the curfew occurs;


prescribe procedures, in compliance with Article 45.059 (Children Taken Into Custody for Violation of Juvenile Curfew or Order), Code of Criminal Procedure, a police officer must follow in enforcing the curfew; and


establish exemptions to the curfew, including but not limited to exemptions for times when there are no classes being conducted, for holidays, and for persons going to or from work.


If the commissioners court adopts an order under this section, a person commits an offense if the person violates a restriction or prohibition imposed by the order.


An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 262, Sec. 94, eff. May 31, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1514, Sec. 18, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

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