The City of Coppell has an established city ordinance for curfew hours for minors. A minor is a person between ten years of age and sixteen years of age. The hours of curfew are Sunday through Thursday, from 11 pm until 6 am. The hours of curfew for Friday and Saturday are midnight to 6 am. The curfew hours established remain in effect for the entire year and do not change during summer break.
There are three ways to commit an offense:
- A minor remains in a public place or on the premises of an establishment within the City during curfew hours.
- A parent or guardian of a minor knowingly permits, or by insufficient control allows, the minor to remain in a public place or on the premises of an establishment within curfew hours.
- The owner, operator, or any employee of an establishment knowingly allows a minor to remain upon the premises of the establishment during curfew hours.
The fine for a curfew violation is up to $500 for each offense.
Defenses to Prosecution
There are several defenses to prosecution:
- The minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian
- On an errand at the direction of a parent or guardian, without any detour or stop
- In a motor vehicle involved in interstate travel
- Engaged in employment, or going to or returning from employment
- Involved in an emergency
- On the sidewalk by the minor's residence
- Attending an official sponsored function.
- Exercising 1st Amendment right
- Married or had been married