In Montana, commission of an offense which would not be a crime if committed by an adult, violation of any Montana law regarding alcohol, continuing to exhibit behaviors of truancy, running away from home, and being beyond the control of parents or guardians are status offense behaviors. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is 17. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is not specified.
Status offense cases are classified as youth in need of intervention. The district court acts as a youth court for each of the 22 judicial districts and has jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. A court may extend jurisdiction until a juvenile reaches 25.