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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 15.110 Division VII Curfew

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DIVISION VII. OFFENSES BY OR AGAINST MINORS

Chapter 15.110
Curfew

Sections:

15.110.010 Definitions.
15.110.020 Curfew for juveniles.
15.110.030 Exemptions to curfew restrictions.
15.110.040 Parental responsibility.
15.110.050 Enforcement procedure.
15.110.060 Violation by parent.
15.110.070 Penalty for violation.
15.110.080 Parents required to pick up juvenile.
15.110.090 Sale of consumer products to juveniles.
* Prior ordinance history: Ords. 47038, 53693, 58264 and 58540.

McQuillan:

19.30 Liberties of the person--movement

24.111 Violation of curfew

City Counselor Ops.: 8050

15.110.010 Definitions.

The following words shall have the following definitions as used in this chapter:

A. "Juvenile" or "minor" is any person under the age of (17) seventeen.

B. "Parent" is any natural or adopted parent, any person having legal custody of a juvenile, or an adult that has assumed responsible custody and control of said juvenile.

C. "Remain" means to stay behind, to tarry and to stay unnecessarily upon the streets, alleys, rights-of-way or similar places.

D. "Knowingly" shall be defined as knowledge which a parent should reasonably be expected to have concerning the whereabouts of a juvenile.
(Ord. 63784 2, 1996.)

15.110.020 Curfew for juveniles.

It shall be unlawful for any juvenile to be or remain in or upon the streets, alleys, rights-of-way or similar places within the City of St. Louis at night during the period ending at 5:00 a.m. and beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday and Saturday Night and at 11:00 p.m. on all other nights, except as provided in this chapter.
(Ord. 63784 3, 1996.)

15.110.030 Exemptions to curfew restrictions.

A. When accompanied by parent of such juvenile; when accompanied by a person over the age of twenty-one authorized by a parent.

B. When juvenile is on the sidewalk of a place where such juvenile resides, or on the sidewalk of either next door neighbor not communicating an objection to the police.

C. When returning home, by a direct route from (and within one hour after the termination of) a school or city sponsored activity, or an activity of a religious or other association, or place of employment.
(Ord. 63784 4, 1996.)

15.110.040 Parental responsibility.

It shall be unlawful for a parent after receiving a written warning notice pursuant to Section 15.110.050 of this chapter to knowingly permit a juvenile to remain upon any city street, alley, right-of-way, or similar place under circumstances not constituting an exception to, or otherwise beyond the scope of, this chapter.
(Ord. 63784 5, 1996.)

15.110.050 Enforcement procedure.

If a police officer reasonably believes that a juvenile is on the streets in violation of the curfew ordinance, the officer shall notify the juvenile that he or she is in violation of the ordinance and shall require the juvenile to provide his or her name, address and telephone number and how to contact his or her parent. In determining the age of the juvenile and in the absence of convincing evidence such as a birth certificate or driver's license, or permit, a police officer on the street shall use his/her best judgment in determining age. If the police determine that a person is in violation of this ordinance he shall take the juvenile to the police station or other appropriate holding facility where a parent shall immediately be notified to come for the juvenile whereupon they shall be questioned, and a written warning notice shall be issued to both the juvenile and the parent or parents, and the Division of Family Services. However, this does not preclude a police officer, using his discretion, from transporting said juvenile to his home.
(Ord. 63784 6, 1996.)

15.110.060 Violation by parent.

The parent(s) of the juvenile shall have violated this chapter if, within twelve (12) months after receipt of a written warning notice pursuant to Section 15.110.050, a second curfew violation against the same juvenile is issued.
(Ord. 63784 7, 1996.)

15.110.070 Penalty for violation.

Upon conviction for a violation of this chapter, punishment shall be imposed by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment; provided further, the sentencing court may suspend imposition of judgment or sentence upon parole for the successful performance of supervised community public service of not less than twenty (20) hours.
(Ord. 63784 8, 1996.)

15.110.080 Parents required to pick up juvenile.

A. No parent(s) of a person under the age of seventeen (17), who is being held by the police department for violating curfew, shall fail or refuse to pick up said juvenile within a reasonable time upon being notified by the police department of said curfew violation. For purposes of this section the term reasonable time shall be at least forty-five (45) minutes.

B. For purposes of this section, "parent" is any natural or adopted parent, any person having legal custody of a juvenile.

C. Penalty. Upon conviction of any violation of this section punishment shall be imposed by a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment; provided further, the sentencing court may suspend imposition of judgment or sentence upon parole for the successful performance of supervised community public service of not less than forty (40) hours.
(Ord. 63785 1--3, 1996.)

15.110.090 Sale of consumer products to juveniles.

A. For purposes of this section the following definitions shall apply:

1. The term "adult" shall mean any person eighteen years of age or older.

2. The term "consumer product" shall mean any product which is used or bought for use primarily for personal, family, or household purposes.

B. It shall be unlawful for any merchant within the City of St. Louis to give, barter, sell, cause to be sold, or furnish any consumer product, to any person under seventeen (17) years of age between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:59 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday, unless said person is accompanied by a parent, any person having legal custody of the juvenile, or an adult in the extended family of the juvenile that has assumed responsible custody and control of the juvenile.

C. Penalty.

1. Every person who shall be convicted of any violation of the provisions of this section shall be fined not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).

2. For any subsequent conviction of this section, the judge shall require a fine of no less than five hundred dollars ($500.00).
(Ord. 63799 2--4, 1996.)

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