• Does city’s curfew law in New York violate teens’ rights?

    Date: 04.30.09 | by Judge Tom.

    The highest court in New York will have to decide whether the city of Rochester’s curfew law is unconstitutional.   The curfew law prohibits anyone under 17 years old to be in public from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. during the week and from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weekends.

    Although there are specific exceptions to the law such as being out with a parent, opponents of the law argue that the law is unconstitutional and that it  violates teens’ right to equal protection under the law. 

    In addition, opponents claim that the parental right to raise children without undue interference from the government is being violated.  Finally, opponents argue that the city’s law is inconsistent with New York state laws.

    Those in favor of the curfew law argue that the law is helping prevent youth killings, street violence and crime committed by juveniles. The court will decide the validity of the law.

    For more about curfew, see:  http://askthejudge.info/how-late-can-i-stay-out/96/

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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