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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. This sounds like a really stressful spot to be in, and it's understandable you might not want to return home. While we are not legal experts we can speak generally on this.

    Unfortunately your mother can still report you as a runaway to the police even though she initially asked you to leave. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. You will not get into any legal trouble for this. This basically means your mother can ask police to return you home if she knows where you are staying. In most cases, the consequences for running away come from parents more so than police. Ultimately you will know better than anyone what is best for you and your well being.

    We are available 24/7 to listen and support you during this challenging situation. Please do not hesitate to reach out by phone 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat if you would like to talk more.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    i am 17 my mother told me to leave so i left now she wants to call the cops on me and make me come home do i have to go home or will i get in trouble if i dont

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: What if I wanted to run away at 18?

    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. Since you are 20 and considered a legal adult which means that you can move out if you want to and you won’t be considered a runaway. As a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live. We can help you make a plan for how to deal with your situation and help you find resources to land on your feet. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step, and you don’t have to be alone.
    Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. It can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget. Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave. There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as a emergency shelter where young adults can stay temporarily and get services to help them transition to independent living. We are here to listen and help however we can.
    Take care,
    NRS

    We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us

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    What if I wanted to run away at 18? Like a month after my birthday? Or what about a day after my birthday? Would I get thrown in Jail or something of the sort?

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  • ccsmod4
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    Re: What are the laws about running away in North Dakota?

    Hi,
    thanks for posting us at NRS we appreciate you taking the time.
    We are not experts in the law as it pertains to running away or any other juvenile offenses so the answers we may provide should only be looked at as a generalization of what the law interpets.
    Runaway laws once reported may vary from state to state. Running away is often considered a status offense which means it does not become part of your permanent juvenile or adult record however that can differ if a warrant is issued by the police at the request of your parents or court order.
    Are you on probation or under any court supervision? A violation of such could bring about
    a different set of consequences like juvenile detention. It might be a good idea to know what consequences exist if you are thinking of running away and are under court supervision or probation.
    What is your situation? Is running away the only option you have explored? It is our mission to help keep runaways and at risk youth safe and off the streets. Have you thought about how you will survive if you were to runaway? In other words do you have a plan? We would welcome the opportunity to listen and speak with you further about whatever your situation might be and to also discuss some possible options with you. Please call us at our 24hr 1-800-runaway hotline number we are waiting to take your call. once again we thank you for contacting us we certainly understand your concern and need for information on this matter and hope things go well for you.

    Take Care,
    NRS

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    What are the laws about running away in North Dakota?

    What are the laws about running away in North Dakota, and what are the consequences?
    Are the charges dropped when you turn 18, or can you be charged and sent to jail?
    What laws can protect you from this?
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