Parents say curfew fine too much

Parents say curfew fine too much

There are 52 comments on the Daily News story from Apr 30, 2007, titled Parents say curfew fine too much. In it, Daily News reports that:

“It's a county code that Santa Clarita adopted. Many other places have this code”

The city's curfew law is intended to crack down on youth crime in Santa Clarita, but parents are complaining that the $433 fine is excessive, and the ACLU has challenged similar laws in other cities finding ... via Daily News

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Jim Hensley

Garden Grove, CA

#1 Aug 2, 2007
I am LAPD and i think that the curfew tickets are to high priced. The police force should not be handing out tickets in front of peoples own property for this has happened to my nephew. The police also shouldn't be harassing people so they could get paid for the month.

“I am the great an powerful Ny!”

Since: Dec 06

Lebanon, PA

#2 Aug 3, 2007
Personally, as a citizen who's city also has a curfew law, I think these types of laws are completely unconstitutional. The government isn't supposed to be parenting our kids (although some people don't do it themselves). I know when my kids get older I'd want them to have the freedom to be allowed to go places where they may come home after 10pm, without me having to tag along. But then to throw a $400+ fine on it? That's ridiculous. I'm not sure how much our city's fine is by I'm pretty sure it's above $100 (which I feel is still excessive).

Since: Mar 07

Nashville, TN

#3 Aug 8, 2007
yet more government control over freedom.
rikki

Torrance, CA

#4 Aug 21, 2007
i recently got a curfew ticket at 11:15 (curfew at 10) in LA county

anyone know how much a curfwe ticket is in LA COUNTY, NOT TEXAS haha
Satan Loves You

Lansdale, PA

#5 Aug 21, 2007
dont pay it. i wouldnt. curfews are bs. whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? it seems an assumption is being made that anyone out passed a certain time will commit some kind of crime (noise, theft, whatever). its just wrong.
Terry

San Diego, CA

#6 Sep 9, 2007
I get a text message from my 15 year old son who's on his way home from a sporting event with a 19 year family friend who's driving with my permission. They get a call from another 15 year friend who needs a ride to our house to spend the night. All the kids were ticketed by our local sheriff around 10:30pm. On calling my son back on his phone to get details, the sheriff answers my son's phone and wont' let me talk to my son. I'm coming home from work and the sheriff hangs up on me as I'm trying to get the location where they are...or if they're taking him to a police station? So I have to call the desk sargent at the local sheriff station to wait 20 minutes to try and find our what is happening with these guys. Very rude...condescending attitude from the policeman who was running this show this night. Don't need this kind of attitude from our local police when our kids aren't misbehaving....are trying to do the right thing. And by the way the curfew reads....the kids were totally in the right. So, I have to take off of work to go and talk to a juvenile arbitrater for my son, who has to take a day off of his school for this. I'm hoping the ACLU is around for this. A little over the top from our local police.
Mike DeRose

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Dec 23, 2007
i just got my second curfew ticket last night. im 18 in 4 days. do i have to go to juvi court with a parent still if by the time of my court date i am considered a legal adult? is the fine increased? if so, anyone have any idea how much?(im in LA)

“I am the great an powerful Ny!”

Since: Dec 06

Lebanon, PA

#8 Dec 24, 2007
Mike DeRose wrote:
i just got my second curfew ticket last night. im 18 in 4 days. do i have to go to juvi court with a parent still if by the time of my court date i am considered a legal adult? is the fine increased? if so, anyone have any idea how much?(im in LA)
AFAIK anything considered a crime (I don't consider this one but the government says different) doesn't change if when you committed it you were a different age. I've heard of cases of statutory rape where the "victim" is of consenting age at the trial. You should contact your local ACLU chapter and ask them for advice/help if you feel like fighting the ticket.
Olivia

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Feb 18, 2008
CURFEW TICKETS ARE BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!
im 16 and i was just out with some friends and the police had nothing better to do.
i almost got sent to boarding school for that.
jenisse

San Diego, CA

#10 Feb 29, 2008
how much is a curfew ticket?
JOSUE

San Fernando, CA

#11 Apr 20, 2008
I GOT A CURFEW TICKET TOO IM 16 ..WHAT DO U DO IN COURT DO U JUST GET A FINE TICKET OR WHAT ?
Parent Citizen in LA

Glendale, CA

#12 Apr 20, 2008
To all of you who have tickets in LA County
please go to your court hearings,even if you dont have the money at least you went, if you don't
a warrant for your arrest will be issued and you are subject to jail time which is not worth it.
It's more of a headache than you need, from what
I hear if you are under 18 you must be with an
older person than 21 in your group to be excused
from the curfew law. An I think (could be wrong)
it also applies to 18 years old.
Check with your local courts to find out the fines
on top of that did you know this little tidbit...
In addition to laws that make it a crime to be outside at night, there are also laws that make it a crime to be out during the day. Usually during school hours. The city of Los Angeles has a curfew making it illegal for anyone under 18 in school to be in public between the hours of 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Unless you are enrolled in continuation High School or on Vacation (Track schools)and can prove it.
Here is the link for Curfews from the LAPD
http://www.lapdonline.org/for_your_family/
content_basic_view/2011
paste and copy
GOOD LUCK
Parent Citizen in LA

Glendale, CA

#13 Apr 20, 2008
Reposting of the link for Curfews from the LAPD

http://www.lapdonline.org/for_your_family/con...
high school senior

Tustin, CA

#14 Aug 25, 2008
I got a curfew ticket and I dont think I deserve it. my parents knew where I was and the only reason I was there at 1 am is because I didnt get picked up at 11:45 when I was supposed to. What do I do at court?
Olivia

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Sep 21, 2008
so i went to court, the judge was joking around with me the whole time and let me off but told me to bring a sack of cash if i ever end up in his courtroon agaiin. lol
all i can say about court is that its a lot of waiting in line and being treated like a dummie.
anyways, if its your first offense they let you off in most cases.
i still think curfews bullshit.
haha
Polly

Santa Ana, CA

#16 Sep 22, 2008
Terry wrote:
I get a text message from my 15 year old son who's on his way home from a sporting event with a 19 year family friend who's driving with my permission. They get a call from another 15 year friend who needs a ride to our house to spend the night. All the kids were ticketed by our local sheriff around 10:30pm. On calling my son back on his phone to get details, the sheriff answers my son's phone and wont' let me talk to my son. I'm coming home from work and the sheriff hangs up on me as I'm trying to get the location where they are...or if they're taking him to a police station? So I have to call the desk sargent at the local sheriff station to wait 20 minutes to try and find our what is happening with these guys. Very rude...condescending attitude from the policeman who was running this show this night. Don't need this kind of attitude from our local police when our kids aren't misbehaving....are trying to do the right thing. And by the way the curfew reads....the kids were totally in the right. So, I have to take off of work to go and talk to a juvenile arbitrater for my son, who has to take a day off of his school for this. I'm hoping the ACLU is around for this. A little over the top from our local police.
Do you ever wonder how much money the city "comes up" with each year? Where does this money go?
Why is the City of Santa Clarita parenting our children? This curfew "ticket tax" is big money revenues taken from parents and given to ???

Matt

San Diego, CA

#17 Dec 12, 2008
I was just at court for a stop sign ticket and i was talking to the kid next to me who got a curfew ticket at 10:10pm. He was at a teen club that closes at 10pm so at that time the parents come to pick up their kids. The parking lot was so full that some parents had to park in a parking lot across the street. So about 20-30 kids were waiting on the sidewalk/ crossing the street when the LA county sheriff's came (kind of in a mini raid) and took most of them down to the station and gave them all curfew tickets. One kid was even talking to his mom on his cell phone and a cop came up to him, took the phone from his hand and told his mom to pick up her son from the sheriffs station. $500 tickets each. Btw, this took place in Agoura. I was offended upon hearing this, i mean don't the police have something better to do. If not then reduce the amount of police in that area. And btw, my stop sign ticket was for an imaginary stop sign made up by a sheriff in Agoura and the judge dismissed my ticket...:)
FED Up in SCV

Tujunga, CA

#18 Dec 14, 2008
When school is out, burglaries and vandalism go up. Fact. Wayward teens should not be out on the streets hitting people up for spare change or asking them to buy alcohol and cigarettes. I'm so sick of the teens I see in Santa Clarita who swing their skateboards to threaten old people, shout racial slurs at minorities, make anti-Semitic remarks, and look for fights. I say lock 'em up. Teens: if I see you out there, you will get reported. You have been warned.
irrelivant

Santa Clarita, CA

#19 Feb 25, 2009
FED Up in SCV wrote:
When school is out, burglaries and vandalism go up. Fact. Wayward teens should not be out on the streets hitting people up for spare change or asking them to buy alcohol and cigarettes. I'm so sick of the teens I see in Santa Clarita who swing their skateboards to threaten old people, shout racial slurs at minorities, make anti-Semitic remarks, and look for fights. I say lock 'em up. Teens: if I see you out there, you will get reported. You have been warned.
so if you see a teen at 5 P.M. would you report them for an imaginary crime you want to see them doing so you can have some fun?
Weren't you a teen at one point?
You are exactly the kind of person that this world needs less of.
You and 90% of the police in SCV need to find something better to do besides spreading your own hate amongst the city.
It's very hypcritical of you to talk about people looking for fights when you yourself are looking for the police to lock up teenagers for actually enjoying their free time and doing something more productive than giving this city uneeded money and wasted time...
Lindsay

United States

#20 Mar 17, 2009
Curfew tickets are such a waste of time. I am 18 in only a month and a half. I was on my way home. Two cops ran up to the side of my car when we parked at a gas station and screamed at us to put our hands up. Then we were patted down and the entire car was torn apart and things were thrown everywhere. Then we were placed in the back of a cop car and basically tortured because the heater was so high. I had to wait for my mom all the while a few cops met up and chatted outside the gas station with their coffee. This was all in Santa Clarita.

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