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A curfew is a regulation requiring certain or all people to leave the streets or be at home at a prescribed hour   The City of Ponca City has a Code regulating curfew for its young people.   The purpose of the city curfew is the “curb the increasing problem of juvenile crime, to educate and reform juvenile offenders, to punish juvenile offenders, and to create an environment whereby adults and juveniles take responsibility for the actions of juveniles.”  Further, the curfew is intended to hold parents “to a reasonable community standard of parental responsibility through an objective test.”


Curfew hours for juveniles fifteen (15) to eighteen (18) years are:


11:00 P.M. Sunday through 6:00 A.M. Monday


11:00 P.M. Monday through 6:00 A.M. Tuesday


11:00 P.M. Tuesday through 6:00 A.M. Wednesday


11:00 P.M. Wednesday through 6:00 A.M. Thursday


11:00 P.M. Thursday through 6:00 A.M. Friday


12:01 A.M. Saturday through 6:00 A.M. Saturday


12:01 A.M. Sunday through 6:00 A.M. Sunday


Provided, during the time period from Memorial Day through Labor Day of each year, curfew for the above ages of juveniles shall commence at 12:01 A.M. and terminate at 6:00 A.M. of each day.


Curfew hours for juvenile less than fifteen (15) years of age is 10:30 P.M. each day through 6:00 A.M. the following day.


Offenses under the juvenile curfew code state that it shall be unlawful for:


A. A juvenile to be or remain in any public place or on the premises of any establishment within the corporate limits of the city during curfew hours.


B. Any parent and/or other adult responsible for a juvenile to knowingly permit or allow the juvenile to remain in a public place or on the premises of an establishment within the corporate limits of the city during curfew hours.


C. Any parent or guardian who fails to control a minor that is under the parent's supervision, after notification of a prior offense committed by the minor, by failing to prevent the minor from committing the same offense within one year of the date the minor committed the first offense.


D. The owner, operator, or any employee of an establishment to knowingly permit or allow a juvenile to remain upon the premises of the establishment during curfew hours. (1980 Code § 22-96)


It is also unlawful for any person to knowingly or willfully aid, abed, allow, encourage or by omission of a duty, encourage or assist a minor to commit any municipal, state or federal offense.


Penalties for violating the curfew include:


 A. Penalty; Community Service Work: A person who violates a provision of this chapter is guilty of a separate offense for each day or part of a day during which the violation is committed, continued, or permitted. Each offense, upon conviction, is subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-1 of this code. The court may require community service work prescribed by the court in lieu of a fine if the product of multiplying the number of minimum hours of community service work by the prevailing wage does not result in a number which exceeds the maximum fine authorized by law.


B. Court Jurisdiction: The municipal court's jurisdiction over a juvenile who violates section 7-2A-3 of this article shall be expressly subject to 10 Oklahoma Statutes section 7303-1.2(E), as the same may from time to time be amended. (1980 Code § 22-100; amd. 2003 Code)


Source:  Ponca City, Oklahoma, City Code;  Title 7, Chapter 2, Article A.

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