The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy (Proverbs 12:22 TNIV).
I think I know what one teenager meant when he said, "I've learned that it's easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble." It's tough to get out of trouble. And you never know what it's going to require.
Being in trouble just seems to lead to more trouble ... especially when we are trying to get out of lying by lying. Each lie leads to more lies to keep from getting caught, until finally we can't remember what the truth was in the first place. Then the whole mess comes down!
God promised to help us stay out of trouble. Accept his help.