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    What happens to runaways after they turn 18? How do they deal with the legal implications? Will they still be arrested and/or charged? Can you still become a normal adult? Please help

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    Thanks for writing in. You ask a great question and we’re glad you reached out. While we’re not legal experts, we can speak in generalities. Generally speaking, running away is not illegal; it is considered a “status offense.” This is not something that will generally stay on your record once you have turned 18, so there generally aren’t legal implications. Again, we’re not legal experts, but it has been our experience that 18-year-olds will not be arrested or charged.
    It’s great that you’re thinking about your future. Yes, you can very much become a “normal adult!” You matter and your life has worth; running away is not the only thing that defines who you are, and you are capable of succeeding and growing.
    If you’d like to talk about your situation more specifically, please reach out to us at 1-800-786-2929. Best of luck to you.
    Last edited by ccsmod5; 11-25-2017, 06:19 PM.
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