Can a runaway still be arrested after they reach 18?
For example, a 16 runs away and is found after two years(which would make them 18). Could they still be arrested?
- BruceLv 76 months ago
In the US, a juvenile runaway is automatically purged from the system when they turn 18. The only exception is if there is some reason to think the disappearance was not voluntary or there is a serious medical condition.
The other answers are partially correct. They are not technically arrested, they are "taken into custody". They are NOT automatically returned home, they could be placed in foster care or a secure detention facility.
- BorisLv 66 months ago
No idea where you are but runaways are not arrested.
They are stopped if found and guardians are notified. The local family services,or whatever it is called around you, is notified. They make sure it is OK for teh "runaway" to be returned home. If not the runaway becomes a ward of the state.
In most US states once the runaway is 18 they are left alone, just guardian is notified. if the runaway is mentally stable. The age is 17 in some states.
- JetDocLv 76 months ago
Running away from home IS NOT a crime, and you can't be "ARRESTED" for that at ANY age, although some jurisdictions will take a juvenile into custody and hold him until he can be returned to his lawful parents/guardians.
- GypsyfishLv 76 months ago
Teens aren't arrested for running away. They are returned to their parents.
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- TroyLv 56 months ago
They don't even bother to arrest 16 year old runaways. They may intervene for the child's safety, but that would be unnecessary at 18 years of age as they would have no legal grounds to affect any change in the condition of the individuals circumstances.