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Did a substance use disorder cause your teen to steal?

On Behalf of | Criminal Defense |

Drug addiction can be a devastating condition that not only impacts the addict but can also have severe consequences for their loved ones and their community. 

For some teens struggling with addiction, the compulsion to use drugs can lead to criminal behavior, such as burglary, to fund their habit.

Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD)

The TJJD oversees the juvenile justice system in Texas. Under Texas penal code, burglary is considered a second-degree felony with a sentence of between 2 and 20 years and up to a $20,000 fine. For a juvenile, it would be regarded as delinquent conduct. If your teen is found guilty of delinquent behavior, they may be put on probation or sent to a detention center.

It’s important to note that every case is different, and the specific defenses available will depend on the unique circumstances of your child’s case. 

Possible defenses include:

  • Lack of intent to commit the crime when they entered the property
  • Insufficient evidence to identify your child as the perpetrator of the burglary
  • The prosecution does not have sufficient evidence to prove that your child committed the burglary

Addressing your teen’s substance use disorder and any underlying issues that may have contributed to it is essential. It’s never easy dealing with a teenager who is abusing drugs or stealing, but there are resources available that can help your family.

However, your first step is helping your child face burglary charges. Working with someone who understands the differences between juvenile and adult court procedures is crucial. They can help you understand your options and develop a strategy for defending your child.