A Texas judge has ordered 16 year old Ethan Couch to serve 10 years of probation for driving while intoxicated at a blood alcohol level of .24  (three times the legal limit in Texas as well as Virginia), which ultimately resulted in the death of four innocent by-standers. 

While Couch was a juvenile at the time of the offense, I must admit that I was surprised to see this result.  Had this been here in Northern Virginia, I can’t see such a sentence being imposed when the DUI resulted in the taking of life. 

This is a truly eye-opening case.  I only hope that teens here in the Commonwealth see this as a huge exception to the rule that you will do time if driving drunk and you hurt someone and not the rule itself. 


What are your thoughts?  Do you think this is the right result?


You can check out the article at the link below.  And you can reach out to me with questions.


James Abrenio

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/11/us/texas-teen-dwi-wreck/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

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