Caddo DA: Curfew violators' parents can be arrested as well

Updated: Mar. 28, 2017 at 7:32 PM CDT
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CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Midway into spring break week in Bossier and Caddo parishes, the Caddo district attorney has a warning for parents.

They, too, will be prosecuted if their child is caught committing a crime during curfew hours.

Caddo District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. says that parents can be charged with improper supervision of a minor and that his office will prosecute them.

If convicted as charged, a parent could face up to a month in jail, 40 hours of community service and a $250 fine.

Shreveport's curfew applies to anyone under age 17.

It runs from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day except Friday and Saturday, when the curfew starts at midnight.

"In other words, with certain limited exceptions, those 17 and under must be home by 10 p.m. on weekdays and by midnight on weekends," says a statement from the district attorney's office. "Other municipalities within the parish have similar curfew regulations."

Stewart also reminds parents of a state law that says anyone under age 17 cannot drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian, a licensed adult over age 21 or a licensed sibling age 18 or older.

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