Juvenile Code: Delinquency

ORS 419C.680

  • parental responsibility
  • authority of political subdivisions
  • custody authorized


No minor shall be in or upon any street, highway, park, alley or other public place between the hours of 12 midnight and 4 a.m. of the following morning, unless:


Such minor is accompanied by a parent, guardian or other person 18 years of age or over and authorized by the parent or by law to have care and custody of the minor;


Such minor is then engaged in a lawful pursuit or activity which requires the presence of the minor in such public places during the hours specified in this section; or


The minor is emancipated pursuant to ORS 419B.550 (Definitions for ORS 419B.550 to 419B.558) to 419B.558 (Entry of judgment of emancipation).


No parent, guardian or person having the care and custody of a minor under the age of 18 years shall allow such minor to be in or upon any street, highway, park, alley or other public place between the hours specified in subsection (1) of this section, except as otherwise provided in that subsection.


Subsections (1) and (2) of this section do not affect the authority of any political subdivision to make regulations concerning the conduct of minors in public places by ordinance or other local law, provided, that the local ordinance or law restricts curfew hours at least to the extent required by subsections (1) and (2) of this section.


The county court or board of county commissioners of any county may provide by ordinance for a curfew restriction on minors applicable to areas not within a city, which has the same terms provided in subsection (1) of this section except that the period of curfew may include hours in addition to those specified in subsection (1) of this section. The ordinance may provide different periods of curfew for different age groups.


Any minor who violates subsection (1) of this section or an ordinance established under subsection (4) of this section may be taken into custody as provided in ORS 419C.080 (Custody), 419C.085 (Citation in lieu of custody) and 419C.088 (Custody by private person) and may be subjected to further proceedings as provided in this chapter. [1993 c.33 §271; 1993 c.546 §140; 1995 c.593 §2; 1997 c.727 §9]

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute

Curfew statute provides police officers with authority to stop suspected violators that is additional to traditional authority for stop. State v. Morris, 56 Or App 97, 641 P2d 77 (1982), Sup Ct review denied

There is no requirement that child taken into custody for curfew violation be within category otherwise allowing temporary custody. State ex rel Juv. Dept. v. Stevens, 89 Or App 467, 749 P2d 613 (1988)

Chapter 419C

Law Review Citations

Under Former Similar Statutes

56 OLR 428 (1977); 16 WLR 417 (1979)


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