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Im 16 and I want to run away but I just got arrested

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    Im 16 years old, I turn 17 in about a year. And I just got arrested for shoplifting yesterday. I stole a bra, cotton candy, and two DVDs. This is my second time being arrested. The first time was because I stole money from the school and had to go to court for that. But that was earlier this year. And recently I ran away from my home, and just got arrested for shoplifting yesterday but that also ties in with skipping school. So, truancy, I want to run away, I was thinking out of state, could I do that,? Let's say I didn't get caught and stuff? I don't know... I really want to.

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    re: Im 16 and I want to run away but I just got arrested

    Hey there,

    Thank you for being able to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline, we want you to know that no one ever deserves to be treated the way you have been. You are not alone, we are here to support you as well as help you in the best way that we possibly can. If you are ever feeling like you are in danger, please feel free to contact 911.

    We want you to know that we are not legal experts here, which means that we are only able to speak about your situation in general terms. In most states, you would still be considered a minor which means that if you were to leave, your parents are allowed to contact the local police department and file a runaway report. If a report is filed and you are found, typically you would be forced to return home. Another factor you may want to keep in mind is that the person allowing you to live with them could potentially be charged with harboring a runaway, the charges for that can vary from fines to jail time. As we mentioned, we are not legal experts here. If you wanted more accurate answers, we would encourage you to reach out to your local police department and ask some general questions. If you wanted to know more information about what you can do, legally, we would encourage you to reach out to us and we will be able to point you in the right direction.

    We hope that we were able to help you think a little more about your options and brainstorm some more with you, if you feel like you would still need some more support or go through some more options, please feel free to reach out to us here at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) we are here 24/7. We also have a live chat service which is available from 4:30 PM to 11:30 PM CST. We wish you the best of luck in whatever it is you decide to do and hope to hear from you soon.

    Stay strong,

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