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North Carolina

In North Carolina, for a juvenile between 6 and 16, being unlawfully absent from school, regularly disobedient to and beyond the disciplinary control of the juvenile's parent, guardian, or custodian, being regularly found in places where it is unlawful for a juvenile to be or running away from home for a period of more than 24 hours are status offense behaviors. For a juvenile who is 16 or 17 years of age, being regularly disobedient to and beyond the disciplinary control of the juvenile's parent, guardian, or custodian, being regularly found in places where it is unlawful for a juvenile to be or running away from home for a period of more than 24 hours are status offense behaviors. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction is 15, while the upper age for status offense jurisdiction is 17. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is 6.

Status offense cases are classified as undisciplined juveniles. The district court has jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. A court may extend jurisdiction until a juvenile reaches 21.