In Washington, being a runaway, being beyond the control of parents or guardian, and having a substance abuse problem for which there are no pending criminal charges are status offense behaviors. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is 17. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is not specified.
Status offense cases are classified as children in need of services or at risk youth. The superior court has jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. A court may extend jurisdiction until a juvenile reaches 21.