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    Hi I'm 17 and want to leave home can the cops come get me if i am "disabled"? And what will happen to me

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    Re: running awaw

    Hi there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you have questions regarding what would happen if you are disabled and decide to run away. We’re not legal experts here, but generally speaking if someone leaves before the age of 18, their legal guardians would have the right to make a runaway report. If a report is made, and the police find you they typically would just bring you back home. However, anyone that the runaway stays with could potentially be charged for harboring. There are not typically differences in the way these procedures are carried out in regards to youths’ status, but rather different city/county/state and local law enforcement could make a difference in how they decide to handle the situation. One option you have is to call your local law enforcement and ask hypothetically what may or may not happen in this situation to get a better idea of how they would respond based in your area.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat with us to talk further, we’re here to help in any way that we can.

    Best,
    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
    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)
    Tell us what you think about your experience!

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ccsmod14 View Post
      Hi there,

      Thanks so much for reaching out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you have questions regarding what would happen if you are disabled and decide to run away. We’re not legal experts here, but generally speaking if someone leaves before the age of 18, their legal guardians would have the right to make a runaway report. If a report is made, and the police find you they typically would just bring you back home. However, anyone that the runaway stays with could potentially be charged for harboring. There are not typically differences in the way these procedures are carried out in regards to youths’ status, but rather different city/county/state and local law enforcement could make a difference in how they decide to handle the situation. One option you have is to call your local law enforcement and ask hypothetically what may or may not happen in this situation to get a better idea of how they would respond based in your area.

      Please do not hesitate to call or chat with us to talk further, we’re here to help in any way that we can.

      Best,
      NRS
      It's technically legal to run away if you are 16 or over, not 18.

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      • #4
        Re: running awaw

        Hello,
        Thank you for contacting us here at the National Runaway Safeline.It sounds like you are questioning if it is illegal to run away from home at the age of 16 not 18. We are not legal experts but to our knowledge running away is not a crime in any state but you are 18 it is not considered running away it is moving out. Running away is not a crime it is considered a status offence (something that only a minor can get in trouble for truancy, buying cigarettes, etc.) this means that if you have any interaction with the police they will simply return you home.
        If you need further clarification please give us a call and we can go into further detail. 1-800-RUNAWAY
        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
        [email protected] (Crisis Email)
        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

        Tell us what you think about your experience!
        https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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