Status Offense: Definition & Law


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Which of the following is NOT considered a status offense?

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1. The key piece of legislation that distinguished between juvenile delinquents and status offenders is the:

2. Jane has been running away from home fairly regularly for the past month. Her school counselor, Mr. Young, has noticed that Jane has been withdrawn when she attends school. One day Jane goes to Mr. Young and tells him that she is leaving home because she does not get along with her parents. When she leaves, she reports that she has been staying with her friend and is using drugs. Mr. Young reports the case to the local authorities where the prosecutor determines that Jane would be a good candidate for diversion services. What types of services may be offered to Jane?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of the definition of a status offense and examples of these offenses.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools will assess your knowledge of the following:

  • Legislation that distinguished between juvenile delinquents and status offenders
  • Services offered to status offenders
  • Examples of status offenses

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related criminal justice lesson
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve status offense practice problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding legislation surrounding this topic

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson Status Offense: Definition & Law. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Differentiate between status offenders and juvenile delinquents
  • Learn about different intervention programs for minors who commit status offenses
  • Comprehend how different states interpret different status offenses