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  • Can police stop you?

    If it's not illegal to runaway in my state, can police stop me?

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    Hi, thanks for reaching out.

    Yes, running away is usually considered a status offense rather than being illegal. Meaning that it is something you cannot do due to your age, but it is also not illegal. Generally, if you run away and your guardian files you as a runaway and you are found police would typically return you home. So you would be returned home rather than arrested.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you have more questions of would like to talk about your situation.

    Best,

    NRS
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