In Texas, conduct that would not be a crime if committed by an adult, including truancy, running away from home, failure to attend school, curfew violations, and violations of the alcoholic beverages code are status offense behaviors. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is 16. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is 10.
Status offense cases are classified as status offenders or conduct indicating a need for supervision. The juvenile board of each county decides which court (district courts, criminal district courts, constitutional county courts, or county courts at law) will have jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. A court may extend jurisdiction until a juvenile reaches 19.