‘Affluenza Teen’ Who Is He, What Did He Do, What You Should Know About His Arrest

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Ethan Couch, infamously known as ‘Affluenza Teen,’ drew hate from all over the world when he got off on light sentencing after his drunk driving led to the deaths of four people in 2013.

During the trial, psychologist G. Dick Miller claimed that Couch was a victim himself – a victim of poor parenting. He claimed that Couch’s parents should share the blame for the crash and that the teenager’s behavior was a result of affluenza, a psychological malaise believed to affect young people who are raised in wealthy environment.

Affluenza is believed to result in symptoms that include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation from their peers. According to Miller, Couch exhibited these supposed symptoms and thus was dubbed ‘Affluenza Teen.’

In the car accident that changed his life and the lives of several others, ‘Affluenza Teen’ Ethan Couch, who was just 16 years old at the time, had a blood alcohol content of 0.24, which is three times the legal limit.

Hollie Boyles and her daughter Shelby were helping Breanna Mitchell after her SUV had broken down. A local youth pastor, Brian Jennings, had also stopped to help. All four of the pedestrians were killed when Couch plowed into them with his pickup.

Additionally, there were two people riding in the bed of the so-called Affluenza Teen’s pickup truck at the time, both of whom were seriously injured. One suffered internal injuries and broken bones, while the other suffered a brain injury that has rendered the person unable to speak or move.

Despite the severe results of the youth’s consequences, Ethan Couch emerged from juvenile court with a rather light sentence: 10 years of probation. This has angered many people as they feel justice was not served in this case.

Recently, the Affluenza Teen broke his probation and attempted to flee the country, which only validated people’s thoughts about the lenient sentencing. Couch was detained in Mexico, but despite having violated the terms of his probation he will still face lenient sentencing.

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As of right now, under Texas law, the most severe punishment that Ethan Couch could face is a maximum of 120 days in an adult jail. While the Defense Attorney wants to see Couch’s sentence transferred to adult court, the original offenses happened while the Affluenza Teen was in the juvenile system and he will therefore be starting with a clean slate in the adult probationary system.

Ethan Couch’s mother is facing legal consequences of her own now, however, as she aided her son when he tried to flee the United States. An arrest warrant for Tonya Couch has been issued as she will face charges of hindering an apprehension.

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