Los Angeles Curfew Violation Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with violating curfew in Los Angeles, you should immediately contact a Los Angeles Curfew Violation Attorney at The H Law Group to defend you and keep you from going to jail and paying a hefty fine. You should not take curfew violation charges lightly as a conviction for a curfew violation includes up to six months imprisonment in county jail, as well as a fine of up to $1,000.
So, if you have been charged with violating curfew in violation of Los Angeles Charter Code Section 8.78, you should immediately contact a curfew violations attorney at The H Law Group to defend you and keep you out of jail. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve the best outcome for you. Schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at 1 (213) 370-0404.
What is the Los Angeles Curfew Law?
The Los Angeles curfew law prohibits or limits a person’s right to be out in the public at certain times of the day. For example, if people were protesting and the protest turned violent, local authorities may authorize a mandatory curfew, for example, from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am.
During curfew hours, no one is allowed out in the public. Curfews only prohibit you from going out on the public property and do not prevent you from being on private property. Curfews can ban people from walking, driving, and riding bicycles in the public, banning businesses from opening and making an exception for police officers and essential personnel to be in public.
Text of California Charter Code Section 8.78 – Curfew Violation
According to the California Charter Code Section 8.78, “It shall be a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or by imprisonment not to exceed six months, or both, for any person to violate any curfew established by any lawful rule, regulation, order or directive issued pursuant to this chapter.”
Proving a Person Guilty of Violation Charter Code Section 8.78 – Curfew Violation
For the prosecution to convict a person of violation curfew in violation of charter code 8.78, the prosecution must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The defendant knew there was a curfew, AND
- The defendant willfully violated the curfew
Penalties for being Convicted of a Curfew Violation
If the prosecution convicts a person of a curfew violation, here are some of the penalties that he or she faces:
- Conviction of a misdemeanor offense
- Imprisonment in the county jail for up to six months
- A fine of up to $1,000
- Placement on informal summary probation for three years
Curfew Violation Defenses
If you have been charged with a curfew violation, there are a number of defenses that your attorney can use to defend you. Here are some of those defenses:
- The defendant did not know there was a curfew
- The defendant did not violate curfew
- The defendant did not have a reasonable time to leave the area with the curfew before the police arrested him for violating curfew
Examples of Violating Curfew
The city of Los Angeles announces a curfew from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am because of protests that are happening in downtown Los Angeles. John knows there is a curfew because police officers announce it, yet continues to peacefully protest. LAPD later arrests John for a violation of the citywide curfew. John can be charged with and convicted of a curfew violation in violation of the Los Angeles Charter Code Section 8.78.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Curfew Violation Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a curfew violation, you should immediately contact Los Angeles Curfew Violation Attorney at The H Law Group to defend you and keep you from going to jail. Our attorneys have successfully defended thousands of clients, so they have the knowledge and experience necessary to mitigate the potential consequences that you face.
At the outset of every case, one of our criminal defense attorneys will look over the facts of your case to determine whether a dismissal is possible. If he believes that a dismissal is possible, he will communicate this to the prosecution.
If for any reason, the prosecution refuses to dismiss your case, our attorneys will do all that they can to negotiate the best possible plea deal for you. Schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at 1 (213) 370-0404.