Harboring a Runaway Child

Chapter 25 of the Texas Penal Code places restrictions and guidelines on offenses dealing with the family.

“Harboring a Runaway Child”, as per § 25.06 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when an individual knowingly harbors a child and he is criminally negligent about whether the child:

  • Is younger than 18 years; or
  • Has escaped from the custody of a peace officer, a probation officer, the Texas Youth Council, or a detention facility for children, or is voluntarily absent from the child's home without the consent of the child's parent or guardian for a substantial length of time or without the intent to return.

An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

Punishment Range

Misdemeanor A

  • Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year
  • Fine not to exceed $4,000
  • Both such fine and confinement

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