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Is it illegal for a 16-year-old male to run away?

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Answered 2007-01-18 00:57:27

Yes. * It is not exactly illegal in the strictest sense of the law. Absentee minors are generally considered to have commited a status offense not a criminal one. The contributing factor of the severity of the act, being, if the minor qualifies as a habitual runaway or incorrigible youth.

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