Q: Are there defenses for the NYC emergency curfew if arrested?
I ask because let’s say you’re arrested for not being home at 8 when you’re supposed to because you were coming home but do to traffic for example, it’s past 8? Is it a defense or it’s strict liability? What about someone dragging you outside your home to beat you up in a park?
A: Yes there are defenses available to individuals arrested under the curfew. As with any case, the defense would depend on the specific circumstances of your case and arrest. The New York DAs have already indicated an unwillingness to prosecute certain types of cases. However, you should consult with an attorney to review your particular case.
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