Title 9 PUBLIC PEACE, MORALS AND WELFARE
Chapter 9.04 OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC SAFETY
9.04.140 Curfew--Time of curfew; age requirements.
A. No person thirteen (13) years of age or under shall be on
foot, bicycle or in any type of vehicle on any public street, avenue, alley,
park, school grounds or other public places in the city between ten p.m. and
five a.m., Sunday through Thursday and eleven p.m. and five a.m. on Friday and
Saturday, unless accompanied by his parent or guardian, or person having lawful
custody and control of his person, or unless there exists a reasonable necessity
therefor. The fact that such child, unaccompanied by parent, guardian or other
person having legal custody, is found upon any street, alley or public place
during the be-fore-mentioned hours shall be prima facie evidence that such child
is there unlawfully and that no reasonable excuse exists therefor;
B. No person fourteen (14) through seventeen (17) years of
age shall loiter, loaf or idle on foot, bicycle or in any type of vehicle on any
public street, avenue, alley, park, school ground or other public place in the
city, between eleven p.m. and five a.m., Sunday through Thursday and twelve
midnight and five a.m., Friday and Saturday;
C. Exceptions. Children returning home from municipal,
religious and school activities;
D. Children returning home from employment;
E. No person operating or in charge of any place of
amusement, entertainment, refreshment, or other place of business, shall permit
any minor under eighteen (18) to loiter, loaf or idle in such place during the
hours prohibited by this section;
F. Whenever the owner or person in charge or in control of
any place of amusement, entertainment, refreshment, or other place of business,
during the hours prohibited by this section, shall find persons under the age of
eighteen (18) loitering, loafing or idling in such place of business,
immediately shall order such person to leave, and if such person refuses to
leave the place of business, the operator shall immediately notify the police
department and inform them of the violation;
G. Any member of the police force shall arrest, with or
without warrant, any person or persons violating the provisions of subsections
A--E of this section, and any child unaccompanied by a parent, guardian or other
adult person having the lawful care and custody of such minor child;
H. Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms
shall have the following meanings:
"Guardian" means any person or persons appointed through the
proper legal channels required by law as having the care and custody of a
"Juvenile" means any person who comes under the jurisdiction
of the juvenile court, which legally means any person under eighteen (18) years
"Loiter" means to remain idle or stand around, wander, or
saunter, stroll, play in or upon, or lag behind.
"Minor" means any person under the age of eighteen (18)
"Other adult person" means person or persons having legal
care and custody by due process of law.
"Parent" means any natural parent of a minor, the parent
through adoption of law, eighteen (18) years of age or over.
"Place open to the public" means any privately owned place of
business carried on for profit or any place of amusement or entertainment to
which the public is invited.
"Prima facie evidence" means a fact presumed to be true
unless disproved by some evidence to the contrary.
"Public place" means any public street, highway, road, alley,
park, school ground, playground, dock, public building or vacant lot.
"Vehicle" means any device in, upon or by which any person or
property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway. (Prior code §