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Is truancy illegal?

Is it technically illegal to skip school (public)? Or is it something dealt with within the school system? My child has been skipping school repeatedly and I want to know if it's possible for him to get in trouble with the law, or if it would just be trouble with the school.

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    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    He can get in trouble with the law and be locked up in a juvenile facility.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 6/6/2013
    James Elliot McIntosh | Law Offices of James Elliot McIntosh
    419 Main Street
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 742-9572
    You and your child both can be prosecuted.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 6/6/2013
    A. Bowden Houser | The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
    1007 Hargett Street
    Jacksonville, NC 28540
    (910) 333-9679
    In North Carolina, it can be both trouble with the law and / or the school - depending on the degree of skipping. NC law doesn't make skipping school directly illegal but rather makes attendance a requirement. So by default if the child skips, they are not in attendance and are violating the attendance requirement - it is a very subtle distinction. Further, you as the parent, can be held criminally liable and be fined and / or jailed for your child skipping school. This presents a big problem for parents of high school age children who have basically lost control over them.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina - Replied: 6/5/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    He would be in trouble with the law and so may his parents.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 6/4/2013
    Darrell B. Reynolds | Darrell B. Reynolds, P.C.
    2385 Lawrenceville Highway, Suite D
    Decatur, GA 30033
    (404) 636-6616
    The short answer to your questions is yes to both.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 6/4/2013
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