I recently spoke with Crystal Victoria who wrote From the Streets to the Skies No Limits - Diary of a Boss Lady to tell her story of straying from the straight and narrow at tender age of 14 and finding herself incarcerated several times totaling 19 months behind bars.Crystal was driving at age 14, had access to her mother's car after she dropped her off at work and other young people were attracted to Crystal for this independence and she enjoyed the popularity. Crystal's mother worked from 4pm to midnight during the week so Crystal had much freedom. Because her grades were good, her mother did not question her activities often. Having so much freedom resulting in Crystal regarding her mother as an equal who could not correct her. With this attitude, a confrontation resulted in the police being called and Crystal being transferred to juvenile detention. She was charged with Marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia, and tobacco as a minor at age 14.
In the state of Texas, a teen can get a driving license at age 15, but the drug charge that Crystal caused her license to be automatically suspended. But this did not stop Crystal from driving the family car. She drove her car with a suspended license; at 17, she charged as an adult for driving with a suspended license.
Crystal describes herself as angry and mean during her teen years and this attitude resulted in her being incarcerated. She states that she was attracted to the wild side. She had several probations that compounded resulting in her spending 19 months in prison; her last incarceration was in 2009. Crystal states that she learned her manipulative ways from watching “I Love Lucy”. Lucille Ball was always “getting away” with things and that behavior influenced Crystal to emulate it.
There is a need for discipline early in a child's life to ensure good communication in teens.
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