What is a STATUS OFFENSE?

Status offenses are those that relate directly to the individual just because of his/her age. Generally, status offenses are not illegal acts when committed by adults. Common status offenses include the following:

  • CURFEW: Many municipal ordinances require that children under a certain age be off the streets and at home at certain times. In Rapid City, the curfew for youth under the age of 16 is 10:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
  • TRUANCY: South Dakota sate law mandates that children under the age of 18 (effective July 1, 2009) must attend school.
  • SMOKING: South Dakota state law prohibits the possession, consumption, purchase, or attempt to purchase tobacco products by persons under age 18.
  • DRINKING: The legal age to possess, purchase, or drink alcoholic beverages is 21.

Students who are adjudicated can receive probation, diversion, and/or in some cases be sent to the Department of Corrections. The Juvenile Corrections System consists of the various juvenile programs in Custer known as the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy, the West Farm program near Sioux Falls, contractual foster care and juvenile aftercare services.