When you say keep him out of trouble you mean not be responsible for his actions? Did Robert just skate on charges because his big brother took the hit? Because having no convictions is not the same as being innocent.
This is so very true.
When it comes to addiction, I know I'm not alone to speak of an adult family member that came from a good home, is very personable, many friends, etc. but has also been (allegedly) stealing from her parents, siblings, extended family, etc. for better than a decade to support her chronic habit.
While everybody believes it's true-- due to the value and no solid evidence, she was never cited or charged for countless thefts. Finally, she was caught on video surveillance and cited with "theft from a non-merchant."
I remember thinking better late than never
and was hopeful it was where she'd finally see consequences for her actions. However, when it came to prosecution, because she had a perfectly clean record (-- not even traffic violation), she automatically qualified for a first-time offender, deferred prosecution program whereby at the end of 2021 (providing no other offenses), the case will be expunged from her record.
Nope, no charges or convictions doesn't always mean innocent.