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17 Y/O run away rights in Arizona

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  • Guest
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    If someone were charged with SUPPOSED assault charges while being a runaway and they stayed missing tell the age of 18 would the charges go away and would they be able to start there life. Like get a job and not have to worry about anything?

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  • ccsmod14
    Re: 17 Y/O run away rights in Arizona

    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us. We’re glad that you found our bulletin board and were able to ask for help.

    We’re not legal experts here unfortunately, so we cannot say what would or would not happen in your area. Generally speaking, if you were to leave before the age of 18 without permission from legal guardians, they would have the right to make a runaway report. If a report is made, and the police find you they would just bring you back home. However, anyone that you stay with could potentially be charged for harboring. The way that the police handle things do differ by state, county and even by the police department themselves. One option you have is to contact your local law enforcement to hear first-hand how they may handle it, and what their protocol is. Another option you have is to contact legal resources, and we have provided a few below that may be of use to you:

    Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc. at (520) 623 9465
    University of Arizona College of Law Legal Clinic (520) 621 1975

    Another option we’d like to make you aware of is conference calling with youth. Here at the National Runaway Safeline, we offer conference calling to agencies such as police departments. If this is something you would like us to do, or if you would like us to make a call out on your behalf to find out some information, we can do this if you call us at 1800runaway. We’re here 24/7.

    Best of luck to you and stay safe,

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  • sirnomnomz
    Guest started a topic 17 Y/O run away rights in Arizona

    17 Y/O run away rights in Arizona

    Hey, I've heard multiple things about runaway laws in Arizona.

    One of them is that if you're 17 1/2 (which I am) you can leave your parents home, and local law enforcement won't force you to go home unless you are in danger or causing harm / general ruckus.

    But I've also heard that no matter what local law enforcement will take you back home.

    I live in Tucson Arizona if city law matters at all. But can someone please clarify this.
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