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    Alright so I cant stand living at home with my parents anymore, they put me on lockdown and have been treating me badly. Anyways Im 17 right now and I turn 18 in about a half year. Ive thought about running away to a different state for the next half year and then returning to the area after my birthday. I know some good people who are also willing to help me if I were to do this so I would not have to really worry about danger with strangers or not having food or anything like that. However I just want to find out:

    A: How much trouble could they get in if I got caught? I know people can get charged for aiding a runaway and especially helping them cross state lines.

    B:How much trouble could I get in if I got caught in a different state? would I risk getting probation or placed under house arrest?

    C: If I were to get away without getting caught would I be able to return after turning 18 without having to worry about any legal issues for me or the people that would help me?

    (btw I live in NY State right now, idk if that makes a difference)
    Alright thanks for reading this and I would really appreciate if someone can help me answer my questions. Thanks!

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    RE: 17 run out of state until 18th birthday


    Thanks for contacting us here at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are having a hard time at home right now. It’s good that you reached out to us and that you are asking questions before you run away.

    You asked how much trouble you or your hosts can get into if you run to their house across state lines. We are not legal experts at National Runaway Safeline, but there are a few things that I can tell you. In most states, running away is what is called a ‘status’ offence as opposed to a criminal offence. This means that if you are reported as a runaway, the police might make you return home if they find you, but you will probably not be charged with a crime. However, harboring a runaway is a criminal offence, which means if someone helps you cross state lines and hides you from your legal guardians, they could possibly be charged with a crime. This depends on a number of factors and it is not possible to be sure what will happen. Since we are not legal experts, you might consider calling the non-emergency number for your local police to ask questions and clarify the law in your state.

    If you have any more questions, or you just need someone to talk about your plans, you can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. Our hotline is open 24/7 and is always completely anonymous and confidential. You can also reach us via live chat from our website, between 4:30 and 11:30pm CST. We can answer your questions in greater detail, provide resources, and help you decide what you want to do. We look forward to talking to you!

    Best of luck,
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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