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South Dakota

In South Dakota, truancy, being a runaway, endangering the welfare of others or themselves, violation of a law for which there is not a penalty of a criminal nature for an adult, being a minor in possession of alcohol, and driving under the influence are status offense behaviors. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is 17. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction is 10, while the lower age for status offense jurisdiction is not specified.

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