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?
A missing or runaway child should be reported to the Nashua Police Department immediately. Parents should have some information available for the officer when making the report. It is important to know when and where the juvenile was last seen, what they were last seen wearing, places they may run to, who they are friends with or who they may be with, cell phone information for the juvenile, the state of mind of the juvenile, medication the juvenile may be prescribed and known health issues. A current photograph is also helpful to have available for the officer. The Special Investigations Division tracks juveniles who habitually run away from home and in some instances can initiate the CHINS process in juvenile court. 

What is the age of criminal responsibility in the State of New Hampshire?
The age of criminal responsibility in the State of New Hampshire is age 18. Those age 17 and younger are considered juveniles and when charged criminally will proceed through the juvenile justice system. 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 haven’t seen anything first hand what can I do?
New Hampshire law requires all persons to report any case of suspected abuse or neglect to the Police and/or the Division of Children Youth and Families. It is strongly urged that anyone with information about a child who may be at risk to report the information to the Nashua Police Department at 594-3500, or the Division of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) at 883-7726. Persons making reports can do so anonymously.

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?
It is a Felony offense to solicit a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct via computer, text, or instant messenger or send offensive images to a juvenile. These incidents should be reported to the Nashua Police Department immediately. Nothing in the computer should be erased or copied as the information is needed by investigators and it will be dealt with by them. It is also recommended that parents have frequent conversations with their children about online safety and monitor their children's computer, cell phone, and electronic device activity.

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