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    Hello I was arrested over a year ago im not on probation or anything an my parents still don't let me leave the house if I try just leaving they tell me to come home blah blah then they threaten to call the police so i usually give in an go home but if they do call the police can I actually get arrested again? and I'm not running away just hanging out with friends then coming home at night

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    RE: If i go out with my friends can my parents call police for refusing to stay home?


    Thank you for reaching out to today. We will do our best to answer your question, however we are not legal experts and can only speak generally. If you were to leave home without your parent's permission, they may try to call the police if they want you to stay home, especially if it is past curfew according to your state. The police may search for you depending on what the police are informed of by your guardians as well as if you are out past curfew. From our understanding of how most states operate is that if a youth is not currently in trouble with the law, then the youth would not be arrested unless there is a reason for it. If police were to patrol the area to stop you/question you, it is important to follow orders and avoid any trouble with the police as that may result in an arrest. What would generally happen is that the police would take you back home to your guardians. It seems unlikely that they would take you into custody, unless there was a reason for it.

    What do you think could help your parents give you some freedom to go out with your friends? It sounds like trust may be an issue between you and your parents. Something that may be helpful is to compromise or negotiate with your parents about going out with friends to build up the trust again. Perhaps doing extra work or chores around the house to earn privileges of going out may be an option or asking them what it is that you can do to build the trust back up. It sounds frustrating to not be able to spend time with your friends when you would like to.

    Please be mindful that curfew hours may be strict in some states and should be obeyed to prevent police involvement. It is often best to consult with your local non-emergency police for specific answers to your questions and to learn about curfew times in your state of residence. But in short, if you are not on probation/parole and are home by curfew time, it seems the police would not have a reason to arrest you unless you became non-compliant or committed an act of crime.

    We hope this helps. If you would like to talk more about your situation or explore some options that may help you with your parents, we are here to listen and provide support. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or you can reach us by chat through our website

    Be safe and take care.

    Good luck,

    Last edited by ccsmod6; 08-10-2015, 02:41 AM.
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    • #3
      So I was staying with my sister for the night and I snuck out to go see my boyfriend but my sister knew and so did his parents me and him got in an argument and the cops had got called by the neighbors the cop took me back to my sisters for a curfew violation couldn’t his parents just tell the cop I was staying the night at their house


      • ccsmod2
        ccsmod2 commented
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        Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline. We understand that it takes courage to seek help. We are sorry to hear that you got into an argument with your boyfriend and the cops were called. We are not legal experts so we cannot say for sure what could have been done to prevent the violation. For more information, you may want to contact your local police through their non emergency number to ask about how they handle curfew violations. Please feel free to contact us directly via our 24 hour crisis hotline (1-800-786-2929), email, or live chat if you have any other questions or just want to talk.

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      Hey if i were to get in a fight with my parents and go to my friends house, are my parents able to call the cops and say im running away then put me in foster care. They keep saying they can but its toxic here and I just need a break sometimes


      • ccsmod15
        ccsmod15 commented
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        Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now.

        Leaving home can be hard and it can be helpful to think about where you might stay and how you might pay for food, rent and other living expenses. Taking to other family members, friends or a school counselor can be helpful in many situations. We are not legal experts however, speaking generally if you are to leave home without your parents permission the police can bring you back home and whoever you are staying with could be charged with harboring a runaway and get in trouble.

        If your safety is at risk you can call 911. If there is any any abuse going on at home, please know that this is not your fault and you don't deserve to be hurt in anyway. If you would like you can call the Child Help hotline at 1-800-422-4453 and they can help you provide more information on filing an abuse report.

        This can be a lot to think about. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon. Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).

        We wish you the best and hope to hear from you soon.

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