Affluenza Defence Helps Teen Avoid Jail

Affluenza’ Teen Avoids Jail, and is Sentenced to Rehab

Last month, a Texas Judge ordered that Ethan Couch be sent to a rehabilitation facility, rather than sending the teenager to jail. Prosecutors had asked that Judge Jean Boyd sentence the teen to 20 years in state custody on charges related to a crash that killed four people, and left the two survivors seriously injured.

Affluenza’ Teen Avoids Jail, and is Sentenced to Rehab

Last month, a Texas Judge ordered that Ethan Couch be sent to a rehabilitation facility, rather than sending the teenager to jail. Prosecutors had asked that Judge Jean Boyd sentence the teen to 20 years in state custody on charges related to a crash that killed four people, and left the two survivors seriously injured.

A defence expert that testified in the case said that Couch’s extremely wealthy parents had raised him in such a privileged environment that the teen became incapable of understanding the consequences of his actions. In the testimony, the condition was identified as “affluenza,” and refers to the psychological malaise experienced by children of wealthy parents; symptoms include lack of motivation, sense of responsibility, guilt, or feelings of isolation.

Rehabilitation Sentence as Penalty for DUI Causing Death

On the night of the accident, 16 year old Ethan Couch had a blood-alcohol level that was three times the legal limit for an adult, and there were traces of Valium® in his system. The teen lost control of his father’s pickup truck and crashed into a group of people who were helping a woman on the side of the road. The accident killed four people, and left the two survivors with serious permanent injuries.

Couch’s defence commended Judge Boyd for giving the teen probation, and recognizing that he could be reformed better in rehab facility than in a prison cell. While at the facility, Couch is expected to receive drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment, and could face jail time if he violates the terms of his probation, or fails to complete the program.

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