Dallas, TX asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas

Q: Can a 15 year old almost 16 go to jail for lying and stealing

I adopted a my ex kid and she is lying and stealing from me I asked why and she says she doesn’t know I told her I would send her to jail and she still stealing and lying I don know what to do

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Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Ok, this is simple. Do not call the police on a 15-yr. old child, even if she IS almost 16. Don't ever do that. I'm s criminal lawyer, and I know what I'm talking about.

Call your family doctor and get a referral to a good mental health practitioner who specializes in juveniles- probably a psychologist, maybe a psychiatrist. This sounds like a mental health problem which you will certainly make worse by involving the criminal law authorities.

Children your daughter's age often act out in inappropriate. With love and some good professional help, this problem can almost certainly be managed. Good luck and take care.

Kiele Linroth Pace agrees with this answer

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