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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. It is great that you are reaching out and that your girlfriend has someone like you who is so supportive of her. Its can be frustrating to see someone you care about being treated poorly. We are not legal experts, but we can speak generally on laws regarding youth in crisis. While running away is not a crime it is a status offense. Her parents could report her as a runaway and have her returned home by police. As for your question about getting in trouble, you could get in trouble for harboring a runway and helping her cross state lines. It sounds like she has a lot going on at home. If she needs a safe space to talk about her situation and explore her possible options she can choose to reach out to us. Remember neither one of you is alone and you can always reach to us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Hi im 19 and my girlfriend is just about to be 16 we’ve been together for quite sometime but her parents no the age gap. If we were to leave state lines and start our own life would I get charged with kidnapping or abduction being that it’s her choice I’m not forcing her at all. I have done some research but I’m unsure of crossing state lines and how that works as I’ve done this before by myself I ran away as a child for about 6 months then returned home upon myself. But I want what is best for my girlfriend. Her home situation is horrible and she is muniplated by her mother all the time. Like I said all I want is what it best for her can you help me out please

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  • ccsmod8
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    Hello there -

    Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline on our public forum. We are always here to listen and here to help in any way that we can. It can be very frustrating not knowing what to do or what your next step might be from this point on. If you can, please read through these past threads to make sure that someone else hasn't posted something similar that might be able to help.

    Of course we can’t speak for all police, but it is to our understanding that if law enforcement were to find a reported runaway it’s in their policy to return them home. When a parent files a runaway report, it usually is also entered into the NCIC (The National Crime Information Center) so if you were to leave the state and go somewhere else, the report will follow you until your 18. If you were caught outside of your state, we have heard of youth being placed in either youth shelters or juvenile detention center until they can be released to their parents and/or legal guardian.

    If you have any more questions or want to talk more about what is going on at home, you can also reach out to us here via phone or our online chat. We are here 24 hours a day! Best of luck!

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    hiii I’m 16 and I live in Colorado, I want to cross state lines to Atlanta my home situation isn’t the best and it hasn’t been since forever I haven’t had running water for 4 years and my dad hits my stepmom on occasion and it takes me back to when he would hit my mom, siblings and I... it’s driving me crazy and I can’t take it anymore I just want to leave down there and disappear.
    what would be the Consequences If I ever get caught ?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to NRS. It sounds like you are wanting to know more about runaway laws. While we are not legal experts, we can speak generally about this. If your girlfriend leaves home without permission, her parents can report her as a runaway to the police. Running away itself is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This means your girlfriend would likely be returned home if she was found by police. There are possible legal consequences for anyone who assists her in crossing state lines or who gives her a place to stay without notifying her parents or the police. Harboring a runaway charges can vary by state.

    If your girlfriend is at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you or her to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. She may also be able to report any mistreatment to child protective services. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to her situation. If she ever needs assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report she can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

    We hope this information is helpful. We are available 24/7 for immediate support by phone and through live chat at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    i am 18 and my gf is 15 and she wants to run away from her parents house and stay with me, now i was wondering if we could cross state lines like without getting into trouble.

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  • ccsmod0
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    You can pass along the following information to your girlfriend. "18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian, but some states like Alabama require you to be older. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 (or the age of majority) and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth."

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    Guest replied
    My girlfriend is from Florida but her parents recently moved her to Alabama where the age of Majority is 19 and she wants to move back to Florida when she turns 18 but they’re telling her she can’t is that possible?

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We would be happy to help you in any way and provide you with whatever information that we can.

    While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. It is not illegal to run away. Your parent/guardian could file a runaway report on you but this would NOT mean that you would get arrested or charged with anything. It typically does mean that the police could return you home if they encountered you and that would be that. Some police can be more understanding about what is going on at your home. In our experience, police will oftentimes return the youth back to their guardian almost no matter what. Police typically do not actively search for a runaway youth. However, they will go where the parent/guardian directs them if they know where you are staying. Additionally, police can sometimes be more lenient about runaway situations the closer you are to 18. You can attempt to calmly, respectfully, and persistently deny them consent to touch you or take you anywhere, and they may give up on trying to return you home. They also may not, in which case you should comply with what they tell you to do for your safety.

    Another thing to note is that transporting a minor across state lines without the permission of their guardian can be considered a felony. If you were planning to drive them or move them yourself, this might be something you want to think about before doing so.

    If you want to talk more about what is going on and what options you might have, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

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    Guest replied
    If my girlfriend is 17 and want to become a runaway to get out her home due to all the things going on and she’s leaving from California to Idaho what can happen

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks for reaching out. We aren't legal experts, but generally speaking, if you knowingly house a runaway you can be charged with harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor. Penalties for harboring a runaway vary from state to state, police officer to officer, and how the youth's parents/guardians feel about the situation. If you are an older adult dating a minor this may carry a more serious charge. It may be a good idea to reach out to your local nonemergency police line (311) to check on local policy.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    If someone is dating a minor in another state and comes to pick them up is that a misdeminor or a felony charge?

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  • ccsmod11
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out. It definitely sounds like you are in a difficult situation, dealing with abuse at home and feeling uncared for. You don't deserve to be harmed by your family members intentionally in any way. Unfortunately, as far as your legal questions go, we are not legal experts, and the situation you describe is a very legally tricky one. You may want to reach out to legal aid experts or your non-emergency police to ask them these questions. You may wish to provide them more information about what your bench warrant was issued for, as this could impact the answer to your question.

    Best,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    If I was to run away which I have in the past multiple times and been brought home and abused again but no one cared or cares except my boyfriend and cousin. But if I ran away and left out of state and maybe came home when I'm 18 would my trouble still be waiting for me, also my parents was told to wait on a court date and if I have a bench arrest against me could I stay out of state when I'm 18 without getting arrested

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hey, thanks for reaching out. We are not legal experts, but generally speaking if you leave your parents without their permission before you are a legal adult, your parents have the right to file a runaway report. If the police are able to find you, they will return you home and yes, there is a possibility that your boyfriend and his parents could face charges for harboring a runaway. Beyond this, there are not usually any further repercussions. There is also a possibility that the police would not bother pursuing you because of your age, however we cannot guarantee that.
    Thank you again for reaching out. We hope this was helpful and we encourage you to reach out by phone if you need additional resources or need help figuring out your options. Our number is 1-800-786-2929 and our lines are always open. If you have a moment, we'd appreciate your feedback of our crisis services at the following link:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think
    Stay safe!
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