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Attorney Renee C. Walsh

Michigan Curfews for Children

Michigan has curfews for children under age 16 and age 12: 10:00 p.m. at age 12; Midnight at age 16.

MCL 722.751 provides that no minor under the age of 12 years shall loiter, idle or congregate in or on any public street, highway, alley or park between the hours of 10 o’clock p.m. and 6 o’clock a.m., unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian, or some adult delegated by the parent or guardian to accompany the child.

MCL 722.752 provides that a minor under the age of 16 years shall not loiter, idle or congregate in or on any public street, highway, alley or park between the hours of 12 midnight and 6 a.m., immediately following, except where the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian, or an adult delegated by the parent or guardian to accompany the minor, or where the minor is upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by his parent or guardian.

MCL 722.753 provides for a misdemeanor charge for any person age 16 or over who aids a person under age 16 in breaking the curfew law. Any person of the age of 16 years or over assisting, aiding, abetting, allowing, permitting or encouraging any minor under the age of 16 years to violate the provisions of sections 1 and 2 hereof is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Townships, cities and villages may also have separate curfews as provided for in their local ordinance laws.

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This article was originally published on July 11, 2009. It has been revised and republished on July 16, 2014.

Discussion:

  1. The problem falls to the parents fort not keeping track of their children.

  2. Why do we have a curfew anyway?! It’s ridiculous that we have to worry about getting home on time before curfew. If this is supposed to keep us teens out of trouble, then what’s to stop us just doing the same exact things during the daytime? I believe that it’s a silly and meaningless law. Some of us have to work and we just want to go hangout w/ our friends after. To have such a tight schedule from work and getting home before curfew is just the most unnecessary and pointless thing. I would only understand if we got in trouble by disturbing people or gang violence. But trust me this isn’t even that bad of a city and there isn’t much “gang violence”. I seriously believe that this law should be changed and should only be dealing w/ people that are being obnoxious and actually causing problems.

  3. I don’t think the government should be responsible for what time I should be at home or out on the streets. I understand why there is such thing as a curfew.. to keep us, teens, from making bad decisions. But, our parents should be the person to tell us when we need to be home. After all, they are the ones responsible for us. Whatever we do, will have to do with them, not the government. Also, think about how many teens break this law. Trust me even parents allow their kids to stay out later than midnight. When do these kids even get caught for being out late? Not like police pull them over randomly to check. I think this curfew law should be taken down, and they should leave it to our guardians.

    • I’ve never gotten caught and I break curfew about 4 times a week by about 2-4 hours. In my area the police just look at us with a sideways look and keep driving – sometimes stop us but they just tell us to go home like we’ll listen. The cops out here don’t care about us or what we do. It takes them half an hour to get anywhere – people could be dead by then. They don’t care. lol

  4. When was the last time someone actually got in trouble for breaking curfew?

    • I have, but it was a few months ago and I was out at 4 in the morning just walking aimlessly with my friends because we were bored at their house and their parents were at work.

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