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Frequently Asked Questions - Juvenile Matters

Q. What is the nightly curfew for teens and what is the age cut-off?
A. Our Village Ordinance for curfew is Sunday-Thursday 11pm, and Friday through Saturday it is 12am. This is for teens under the age of 17 (16 and under).

Q. What is the law or age for teens and talking or texting on their cell phones while driving?
imageA. In the State of Illinois, as of January 1st 2010, no one is allowed to compose any type of electronic message while driving. As far as talking on cell phones, it is prohibited for all drivers under the age of 19, except in the case of emergency where the driver is trying to reach the police station or any other emergency service. For more information on Graduated Driver License laws please visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Q. What is Peer Jury?
A. Peer Jury is a Diversionary Program that is designed for first time offenders for most non-violent crimes, with some exceptions. The program is set up as an alternative to going through the court system. It is a form of Restorative Justice that tries to rebuild the trust between the offender, victim, and the community. The program is run through the Downers Grove Township and they meet on Monday nights. Instead of appearing before a judge, the offender would have to discuss the incident in front of a group of juveniles that are in his age group. If you have any further questions regarding the program or would like to sign your child up to be a juror please contact me at mcoughlin@villageofhinsdale.org.

Hinsdale Police Department Juvenile Division

There are also many other programs that we currently run. We pride ourselves on doing everything we can to equip the Youth in this Community with the knowledge it takes to make safe and educated decisions in life. We also take that extra step in order to make sure they are learning from their mistakes. If you would like more information on any of these programs, other juvenile programs, or if you have any other questions/concerns please contact me at mcoughlin@villageofhinsdale.org. I would be happy to answer them!