What happens to a juvenile if they ran away from their foster home while on probation?

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What happens to a juvenile if they ran away from their foster home while on probation?

My friend is 17 and will be 18 in 06/11. She ran from her foster home and is on probation. She heard that she will have a warrant for her arrest issued if she didn’t come back. She didn’t. What is going to happen to her when she turns 18?

Asked on March 11, 2011 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, even though she is a minor, in many circumstances being 17 is sufficient to allow the court to treat her as an adult. If she is currently on probation, her probation may be revoked; it may be worse if she waits until she is 18. She needs to speak with her criminal defense counsel who will then hopefully work with her and her probation officer and the prosecutor to make this situation better. If she is in foster care, perhaps there is an emotional component that could be addressed in counseling, as opposed to jail time. Sometimes jail is not the best solution for youths and if her counsel can convince all parties involved, the results could be beneficial to everyone.


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