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In Arkansas, truancy, being a runaway, and disobeying the reasonable and lawful commands of a parent or guardian are status offense behaviors. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction in Arkansas is 17. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction in Arkansas is 10, and the lower age for status offense jurisdiction is birth.

Status offense cases are classified as families in need of services. The circuit court has jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. A court may extend jurisdiction until a juvenile reaches 21.