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Virginia

In Virginia, truancy, being a runaway, committing an act prohibited by law which would not be criminal if committed by an adult, curfew violation, or a violation of the law regarding tobacco 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 status offenders or children in need of service. District courts sitting as Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts in each city and county have jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. A court may extend jurisdiction until a juvenile reaches 21.