As our community population continues to grow, the Leander Police Department employs a variety of strategies and positive reinforcement tools to keep our city safe. A citywide youth curfew is one method used by police to reduce the likelihood of youth-related crime and victimization. The curfew ordinance has been in effect since 2016.
How It Works
With some exceptions, the youth curfew generally applies to youth under the age of 17 who are in a public place and unaccompanied by a parent or guardian during certain hours at night. See the FAQs section for specific days and times.
If someone in the above circumstance is identified by a police officer, the officer would approach to verify the person's age and reason for being out. If the stated reason meets one of the exemptions described in the FAQs section, the person would be allowed on their way. If no exemption is determined, the person would be found in violation of the curfew and could be cited or detained. See the FAQs section for more details.
Before taking any enforcement action under this article, a police officer shall ask the apparent offender's age and reason for being in the public place. The officer shall not issue a citation or make an arrest under this article unless the officer reasonably believes that an offense has occurred and that no defense in Section 8.02.033 is present.
About Section 8.02.035 Penalties
- A person who violates a provision of this article 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 punishable by a fine in accordance with the general penalty provision found in Section 1.01.009 of this code.
- When required by Section 51.08 of the Texas Family Code, as amended, the municipal court shall waive original jurisdiction over a minor who violates Section 8.02.032(a) of this article and shall refer the minor to juvenile court.
Support Services maintains additional data regarding most Leander Police Department policies and statistics. To learn more about the city's youth curfew and related information, contact:
Luana Wilcox, Administrative Analyst
Support Services | Leander Police Department
Email Luana Wilcox