by Terri Wiebold
Effective immediately, teens in Douglas County - including Castle Pines North (CPN) - must adhere to a newly amended curfew ordinance or face conviction of a Class II petty offense and a penalty of up to $1,000 fine. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed ordinance #O-007-001 on Wednesday, July 25, 2007.
According to the ordinance, it unlawful for persons younger than eighteen (18) years of age to loiter on any public or private property without the consent or permission of the owner between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult person older than twenty-one (21) years of age.
The ordinance also makes it unlawful for any parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of any minor who has not reached his or her eighteenth birthday to knowingly permit any such minor to be on any public or private property unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult person older than twenty-one (21) years of age.
The County Attorney and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) revised the previous ordinance, which had been in effect since 1993, after the courts ruled it unconstitutional. The revised ordinance was presented to the Board of County Commissioners reading, “The Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County citizens have experienced increased disturbances and other criminal activities by persons under the age of eighteen and after the end of the school year and during the summer months. In order to properly protect the public peace, health, safety, and welfare, it is necessary that this ordinance be adopted and become effective as soon as possible.”
In a press release by the DCSO, Sheriff David Weaver stated, “I am very pleased with the Commissioners approval and see it as a step in the right direction in dealing with issues involving juvenile crime and even victimization.”
To view the ordinance in its entirety, go to