Fontana, CA asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for California

Q: I ran away as a 17 year old. If I show up to the police department and ask to live with a family friend, what happens?

2 Lawyer Answers
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
Answered
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If you are off the grid, why would you have to go to the police to ask permission to live with a family friend, or anywhere? I am assuming that you are still under 18. You can file a petition for emancipation before you are 18 that would give you the right to live away from your parents. You can designate the family friend in the petition. Suggest that you contact a Family Law attorney or the Legal Aid society for more information about your choices. If you go to the police and you are a "missing person" under 18 they will probably return you to your parents.

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Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed.

contact a family law attorney and consider emancipation.

the last thing you want to do is just show up at court without having seen a lawyer for guidance.

Maurice Mandel II agrees with this answer

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