Daughter used credit card without permission

Asked about 5 years ago - Port Neches, TX

she was given the infor for an emergency situation, and 3 mos later bouthg 1000 worth of merchandise without permissions is this legal

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  1. Paul Holt Walcutt

    Contributor Level 16

    Answered . What your daughter did was illegal, and probably constituted Credit Card Fraud. In the state of Texas, this is a state jail felony that carries from 6 months to 2 years in state jail or up to 5 years of probation and a fine of up to $10,000.

    The question you have to ask yourself is whether or not you should report this to the police. If she is convicted, your daughter will be a convicted felon for the rest of her life. A final conviction for theft never drops off your record and can prevent her from getting a job, renting an apartment, buying a house, etc. You need to consider those consequences before reporting this to the police and the credit card company.

    Disclaimer: This answer is provided as a public service and as a general response to a general question, it is not meant, and should not be relied upon as specific legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.

  2. Yasha Heidari

    Contributor Level 11

    Answered . Was it an emergency? How old is your daughter?

    Regardless of whether or not it's legal, I would encourage you to try to work the situation out with your daughter.

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