Call our free 24/7 helpline now
1-800-861-1768
Did You Know Watershed
The Watershed provides a full medical detox on-site by 24-hour nursing and paramedic staff.

‘Affluenza’ Teen Update: Ethan Couch (VIDEO)

Sharethis Watershed

Update as of 04/19/2016: Ethan Couch New Conditions 

On April 11, after Ethan turned 19, the court had transferred his case from a juvenile to an adult which means he could face up to 40 years in prison if he get convicted of new crimes. After Couch finishes his sentence and is placed on probation part of his condition is that he can not drink, use drugs or drive a vehicle while also attending several visits with a probation officer. Hi mother, Tonya Couch, is currently under house arrest. She is facing between 2 and 10 years if she is convicted for her crime of hindering the apprehension of a felon.

Update as of 04/13/2016: Ethan Couch Sentence

Ethan Couch will be spending the next two years in jail for fatal car accident where he killed four people as a result of drunk driving in 2013. The sentencing is broken out to equal 180 days each for each persons death.

Update as of 12/29/2015: Ethan Couch Caught

Ethan Couch was detained in the town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Reports state that Couch’s cell phone might have led the authorities to his and his mother’s location.

What next? They will first be determined by Mexico immigration if they were in the country illegally and then will be deported to the U.S.

Update as of 12/16/2015: Ethan Couch Missing, Warrant Issued 

Video emerges appearing to show Ethan Couch at a drinking party. Drinking and drugging would violate Couch’s probation.

Ethan Couch has missed his probation meeting. A warrant has been issued for the ‘Affluenza’ teen. His mother has also been reported missing. Police suspect he has fled the country.

Update as of 12/18/13: Ethan Couch’s Parents Also Have Criminal History

The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree with this story. Although Couch’s parent’s never killed anyone, they both have been arrested and have a criminal background.

Ethan’s father, Fred Couch, has been arrested three separate times: 1992 – Driving While Intoxicated, 1994 – Criminal Mischief, 1996 – Assault With Bodily Injury

It appears that Ethan Couch’s behavior may be a direct result of his parent’s reckless actions and poor decisions. Ethan Couch may have only received a 10 year probation and sentenced to a long term treatment center for therapy, but now prosecutors are hoping to see him behind bars for his role in the harm caused to his two of his friends: one was paralyzed (his only way to communicate is blinking his eyes) and the other suffered internal injuries.Ethan’s mother, Tonya Couch, was arrested in 2003 for reckless driving.

Original Story of Ethan Couch

Affluenza, a psychological issue that apparently affects young wealthy people, has recently saved a 16 year old man from serving roughly 20 years in jail. Back in June, Ethan Couch, was taken into custody for causing a fatal drunk driving accident, killing 4 pedestrians and injuring 9 others. The prosecutors wanted Couch to go to jail for the maximum sentence of 20 years, but instead he got off easy with what amounts to a slap on the wrist.

After Ethan Couch and his friends stole two cases of beer from their local Walmart, he and 7 other passengers drove 70 mph in a 40 mph zone in a Ford F-350. His truck then hit 4 pedestrians and two other vehicles, killing all four pedestrians and injuring 9 other people. Couch’s blood alcohol level was at .24, which is three times the legal limit. Valium was also found in his system, and the teen was therefore convicted of intoxication manslaughter.

Ethan’s defense attorney, Scott Brown, helped the 16 year old get off easy by entering a pleading indicating Couch was a victim of Affluenza – an affliction apparently caused due to the young man never being held responsible for his previous bad behavior by his parents. Couch comes from a very wealthy family; some experts refer to him as a “spoiled brat,” where others consider him a victim of Affluenza. Either way, instead of being thrown in jail for 20 years, Ethan was sentenced to treatment for counseling and 10 years of probation.

Many people are not thrilled with this sentence or Judge Jean Boyd; lucky for the less-than-enthused crowd, Judge Boyd has already announced that she will not be returning for re-election next year. Couch’s wealthy father has committed to paying $450,00 a year for a high end treatment center located in California, where the 16 year old can get the counseling he needs and to start his probation safely.

Affluenza Or Alcoholism?

Couch’s lawyer, Scott Brown, argued that the teen is too wealthy and too privileged to know the difference from right or wrong, hence the term Affluenza. Ethan Couch has never been punished for his wrongs in the past, and Judge Jean Boyd now believes that the parents of Ethan are to blame. Couch is now headed to a half of a million dollar treatment center to begin his ten year probation. The real question here is, what message are we sending other young kids who drive drunk and kill?




Posted in Addiction Treatment, Blog | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Live Chat

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *