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    Do cops stop looking after you turn 18?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to NRS. You asked some really great questions. Although we are not legal experts, we can share some general information with you about runaway laws. Running away is not illegal, so you have not committed a crime by leaving home before you turn 18. Once you are 18 you are no longer considered a runaway. If you call your parents to let them know that you are safe, there would not be any consequences. It might also be a good idea to check in with them to ask if they reported you as a runaway and if yes, ask if they can call the police department to notify them that you are no longer a runaway.

    Do not hesitate to reach out anytime (800-786-2929 ; 1800runaway.org) if you have any other questions or concerns.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    I’ve been a runaway for over a year now. My 18th birthday is in a couple of months and I was wondering what happens when I turn 18. Can I call my parents and tell them I’m fine and move on with my life? Is there any consequences for running away after I’m 18?

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  • ccsmod4
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    I’m 17 and I left to go hangout with a friend...

    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We are not legal experts so we can only speak in general. Once a report is filed with the police, a runaway may be detained and returned home to their parent or guardian. Running away is not considered a criminal act but a status offense with the report being removed once the runaway is recovered.
    However you should note that anyone considered to be aiding or harboring someone that has been reported as a runaway could face legal charges.
    You may get more information about the runaway laws in your state by contacting the non-emergency number to your local police department.
    Hours are most likely normal business hours 9am-to 5pm.
    You can usually find the non-emergency number online.

    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    Take care,
    NRS

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    I’m 17 and I left to go hangout with a friend one night and went to school the next morning and my parents flipped out and had me arrested as a runaway at school and wanted to say I was with my ex-boyfriend who is 20 and his sister who is 18 is one of my close friends and I still hang out with her what should I expect in court.
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 09-17-2019, 02:48 AM.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out! It sounds like you are living in a really stressful environment and are looking to leave as soon as you can. We are not legal experts, but the age of adulthood in most states in 18, so your parents can ask you to leave at that age and you can legally leave without getting into trouble.

    As far as leaving before 18, that could be trickier depending on the local police. Your parents could potentially file a runaway report which let's the police know you are gone. You may consider whether or not they would do that, since it sounds like they are asking you to leave soon anyway. If they do, some police take the report and some don't since you are so close to 18. You can call your local police and ask anonymously how they handle runaway reports. Find the local emergency number here:https://www.usacops.com/

    We can also help you figure out a safe place to stay so if you need information on shelters or additional services, please reach out via phone or live chat and we can help you directly! We are 24/7 at 1-800-786-2929 and at our live chat at the top of this website,

    Thanks again for posting and best of luck!

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    Guest replied
    Moving out/looking for a place to live at 17
    So i turn 18 in a month and a half (its July and my birthday is august 16), and I've repeatedly been told "you have until august 16 to find a place to live" and "get up and start working on a place to go" will I get in trouble for leaving having been told these things? I have pictures and screenshots of it all if that helps my case any.
    I want to move out asap due to never being able to leave besides work and i constantly get in trouble for things I haven't done. and i often only eat once a day due to strict time allowances for eating times and not knowing when i can leave my room. they refuse to physically talk to me, it's always in form of letter or texts and i just can't do it anymore.

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out.

    Sounds like you are in a tricky situation trying to move out 2 weeks before turning an 18.

    Generally speaking, your guardians can attempt to report you as a runaway with local police. It is up to local police with whether or not they would accept the report. If they do accept the report they might take less action due to your age, like they might not actively look for you. If they are able to list you as a runaway and you turn 18 without being returned home, you can generally call your local police at that time and be taken off the runaway list.

    We hope this information is helpful. Please call or chat us if you would like to talk more or if you would like help calling out to your local police. 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.180runaway.org.

    Best,

    NRS

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    Im 17 Turning 18 in 14 days can I get into trouble if I runaway now ?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Thanks for reaching out to NRS. It’s great that you’re researching all your options before making your next move. Although we’re not legal experts, technically you’re still a minor in TN before you turn 18 and would be considered a runaway. That just means the police have the right to bring you home. However, since you’re so close to 18, the police may not follow up on a runaway report given your age. If you feel comfortable, one idea is to call the non-emergency number of your local police department and asking them how they’d respond to a runaway report for a 17yo who is less than a week away from turning 18.
    Something else to keep in mind is that the neighboring states of Mississippi and Alabama have higher ages of majority than TN (21 and 19, respectively) so if you’re planning to head to one of those states, you may still be considered a runaway even if you’re 18.
    If you’d like to talk more about your situation, brainstorm some options, or find resources like shelters, we are here for you 24/7 at 1-800-286-2929.

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    Can I get in trouble for running away five days before my actual 18th birthday. I live in Tennessee.

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  • ccsmod7
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    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear about what you’re experiencing. You don’t deserve to be hit by your parents.

    We want you to know that you have a right to keep yourself safe. If your parents start hitting you again, you do have the right to remove yourself from that situation. You can leave your house or call the police. We’d also like you to know that abuse reporting is an option. It might seem like a scary choice, but it’s another way to possibly keep yourself safe. If you ever want more information on filing an abuse report, please feel free to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We can walk you through the process so you can figure out if it’s the right option for you.

    We’re not legal experts here, but we can speak in generalities – running away is a status offense, which means basically means it’s not a crime you’d be charged with but you still aren’t allowed to do it because of your age. If your parents were to file a runaway report and the police were to pick you up, they would most likely just return you home. However, anybody that you stay with if you do runaway could possibly be charge with harboring a runaway and could be prosecuted.

    But generally speaking, status offenses are dropped from someone’s record when they turn 18, but again we are not legal experts. And every state has different laws about timelines for removing status offenses. You might want to visit or call your local police department to see what their procedure is.

    Again, thank you for reaching out to us. We are so sorry you are going through this and we wish you the best. Don’t hesitate to call us if you need more help or resources.

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    I turning 17 and my parents take it too far when they are upset at me by hitting me and I want to leave to another city and start my life and when my girlfriend gets emancipated live together, my questions are what’s the risk of running away and after I turn 18 will the runaway file still be on my record , and if my girlfriend can get in trouble for staying with me after she gets emancipated I live in Texas

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello,

    Thanks again for reaching out to us. You’ve asked a great follow-up question regarding whether the circumstances of your leaving would make a difference in classifying you as a runaway when you turn 18. As we discussed in the previous reply, all of these circumstances depend on the laws in your state, and how your specific police department handles runaway reports.

    We’re not legal experts, but with your parents kicking you out, one possible recourse you had was to let police know the day that they kicked you out that you were “locked out” of the home; in other words, that your legal guardians were refusing to house you. With that said, it is possible that your legal guardians can file a runaway report right until the day you turn 18 if your state allows this. Your local police department can give you more detailed information on how runaway reports work, whether they take them in these specific circumstances, and when you might be considered a legal adult, therefore making the runaway report a non-issue. The process to call and cancel a runaway report may or may not be automatic depending on your state laws and how your local police chooses to handle these reports.

    If you need help finding your local police department’s non-emergency number, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You can reach out to us 24/7 by phone at 800.RUNAWAY (786.2929). We are also available every day via chat. We’re here to listen, here to help. Stay safe!

    -NRS

  • ccsmod15
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    Hello,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. It sounds like you’ve got questions about what will happen to a runaway report if you become a legal adult while outside of the home of your parents or legal guardians. You’re asking a great question, and although we’re not legal experts, from what we understand, cancelling, or “lifting” the runaway report on you depends on the protocol that your local police department follows. There is a possibility that the report might be considered void if you become a legal adult; along the same lines, you may have to call them and let them know so that the local police cancel/void/lift the report. The best way to find out whether you need to do anything or if it would just become nullified due to your age is to reach out to your local police department at their non-emergency number and ask. If you don’t know how to find that number, feel free to give us a call and we can help you find that information, as well as help you make the call if you’d like.

    Whatever you decide, know that we are here for you. We won’t tell you what to do, but we will do our best to help you stay safe with whatever you decide to do. You can reach out to us 24/7 by phone at 800.RUNAWAY (786.2929). We are also available every day via chat. We’re here to listen, here to help. Stay safe!

    -NRS
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