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District of Columbia

In the District of Columbia, habitual disobedience of parents or guardians, truancy, and commission of an offense only committable by children are status offense behaviors. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction in the District of Columbia is 17. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is not specified.

Status offense cases are classified as children in need of services. The Family Division of the Superior Court has jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. A court may extend jurisdiction until a juvenile reaches 21.