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In many legal spheres minors have identical constitutional protections as adults. There are times when, due to “their unique vulnerability, immaturity, and need for parental guidance” (Hutchins v. District of Columbia, 188 F.3d 531, 541 (D.C. Cir. 1999)), the state is permitted to regulate control over a minor’s movements and activities. Juvenile curfew laws and ordinances are examples of such regulations. Their purpose is to help deter criminal behavior and protect minors. Categorized as “status offences,” a curfew violation is an act that would not be deemed criminal if it was committed by an adult.

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