School may be out for summer, but the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office has a clear message for juveniles and their parents – the parish curfew is enforced year-round.
“If a juvenile is stopped for being out after curfew, parents will be contacted to pick them up,” Amanda Pertuis, the public information office for the sheriff’s office, said. “Penalties for violating curfew are determined based on the circumstances of the violation.”
The parish’s juvenile curfew begins at 10 p.m. and ends at 5 a.m.
“The juvenile curfew hours apply to persons 17 years of age or younger and include weekends,” Pertuis said. “There are exemptions to the curfew such as when with a parent, in an emergency situation or for a legitimate purpose directed by their parent.”
She added that a legitimate purpose does include employment.
“The curfew applies to public places or in the ‘streets,’” Pertuis said. “We typically see an increase in crime committed by juvenile offenders towards the end of summer break, when summer programs are over, and kids are bored.”
For any questions regarding juvenile curfew, please contact our Juvenile Investigations Divisions at 985-783-1223.