Lisa Bloom affluenza defense

Teen Gets Probation After Killing 4 in DUI, Uses “Affluenza” Defense

Opinion, Crime, DUI, NakedLaw


Hi. I’m Lisa Bloom, for Avvo.com.

A 16-year-old boy in Texas has just gotten off on a very strange new defense called, Affluenza; here’s what happened. He and a number of other friends stole some alcohol from Wal-Mart, and then went joyriding in a car; his blood alcohol level was at twice the legal limit; he also had Valium in his system. Unfortunately, he struck and killed four pedestrians, and he injured 10 others.

Prosecutors were asking for 20 years in prison based on the four counts of manslaughter, but the defense that this young man put up at trial in the juvenile court was Affluenza; that he was a victim of affluence, that he had gotten away with so much because of his wealth and privilege over the years; that he had come to think, that he was invincible.

The judge apparently bought this defense, and gave him simply probation, no time in prison whatsoever. The boy’s family is also sending him to a $500,000 a year rehab and therapy center during the time of his probation.

The victims of this teenage boy are suing him. He faces five civil wrongful death suits pending against him.

Boy, if we ever wondered whether the rich got different treatment in the justice system, now we know for sure. I’m Lisa Bloom for Avvo.com.