JUVENILE FAQ
My son/daughter runs away from home what can I do?
What is the age of criminal responsibility in the State of New Hampshire?
I have reason to believe that my neighbor is abusing/ neglecting his/her children but I haven’t seen anything first hand what can I do?
I’m worried about my daughter’s use of the computer. She receives sexually explicit e-mail and is chatting online with an adult who I think is propositioning her for sex. What can I do?


My son/daughter runs away from home what can I do?
Certainly a missing or runaway child should be reported to the Nashua Police Department immediately. Parents need not wait an amount of time to make a report. Parents should have some information available for the officer when he/she arrives at your home such as, places he/she may run to or who with, state of mind the juvenile may be in, medication prescribed, and current photograph. The Youth Services Division tracks juveniles who habitually run away from home and initiate the appropriate CHINS petition for processing in juvenile court should this become necessary.

What is the age of criminal responsibility in the State of New Hampshire?
The New Hampshire State Legislature has changed the ďage of criminal responsibilityĒ from 18 to 17 years of age. This means that a 17 year old charged with a crime is handled as and adult and processed through the adult court system. . At age 16, a juvenile is held responsible in adult court for infractions committed while driving an automobile however, a 17 year old can still be reported as a runaway or an uncontrollable child and be processed through the Juvenile Justice System as a CHINS offender. Juveniles under the age of 13 are rarely charged with criminal acts by the Nashua Police Department.

I have reason to believe that my neighbor is abusing/ neglecting his/her children but I havenít seen anything first hand what can I do?
The safety and security of any child believed to be abused or neglected takes top priority with the Nashua Police Departmentís Youth Services Division. Law requires all persons to report any case of suspected abuse or neglect to the Police and the Division of Children Youth and Families. It is strongly urged that anyone with information however slight about a child possibly at risk to make a report to the Nashua Police Department at 594-3500, or the Division of Children Youth and Families at 883-7726. Persons making reports can do so anonymously.

Iím worried about my daughterís use of the computer. She receives sexually explicit e-mail and is chatting online with an adult who I think is propositioning her for sex. What can I do?
It is a Felony offense to solicit a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct through the computer. These types of cases involving the Internet and juveniles having contact with unknown adults online are becoming more commonly reported to the Nashua Police Department. The Internet has become a very powerful tool for pedophiles that are looking for juveniles to prey upon. In many cases, juveniles develop a secret on-line relationship with an unknown that results in a face-to-face meet with disastrous consequences. If you suspect that a juvenile is potentially at risk resulting from online activity, you are urged to report the incident. Detectives in the Youth Services Division have received training in investigating these reports.
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