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why can we be considered an adult at 17 but no rights till 18

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In Texas You are not ‘considered’ an adult 17. At 17 you will be tried as an adult if you commit a crime, but that means nothing other than you’ll be tried as an adult if you commit a crime—it does not mean that you have any of the rights of an adult. Now why is it that they will try you as an adult but yet no adult rights???