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    Hello i have a question. I live in Houston Tx. In the Harris County Area. I have a bit of history running off, for example me leaving to go to a homecoming game after my mom said no. Extreme one would be me leaving after a huge fight me and my mom had. She cut up my clothes, destroyed things that were personal belongings as well that some i bought. I did involve the authorities but i didn’t press charges. I want to leave but she won’t give me consent to going to the rodeo 2 concerts my boyfriend paid money for. He’s 18 and i am 17. My birthday is in 2 weeks after the concert so i can become 18. Question is can i get into legal trouble? Can they lock me For leaving more than twice? And can my boyfriend get in trouble being with him.

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    Hi there,
    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 seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions. It might be best to contact the non-emergency number since it your story is so different they might give you an answer and you can still remain anonymous.
    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    Be safe,
    NRS
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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