Referred to by some media outlets as the “most hated individual in
America,” Ethan Couch is currently fighting deportation back to
his home state of Texas. Couch became infamous in 2013, after using the
“affluenza” defense to deny responsibility for a drunk driving
crash that killed four. He was recently caught in violation of his parole
in Mexico with his mother, Tonya Couch, and authorities believe he may
have been trying to avoid the consequences of a prior violation.
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A Fight Against Deportation
Couch and his mother went missing early in December, and law enforcement
has worked to track them down. They provided a potential address for the
Couches to Mexican immigration authorities, who arrested the pair after
they failed to provide proper documentation. Officials determined that
they would be subject to deportation.
However, the Couches quickly retained legal counsel, and filed a writ of
amparo – comparable to a writ of habeas corpus in the United States.
The deportation is now in the hands of the Mexican criminal justice system,
and it is quite possible that the case may not be given the same priority
as it would in the U.S. This means deportation could take weeks, if not months.
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What Penalties Are In Store For Couch?
Ethan Couch is guilty of violating his probation by traveling to Mexico,
an offense which could land him behind bars for up to 120 days. This penalty
pales in comparison to the consequences his mother faces, however, for
hindering an apprehension. This is a 3rd degree felony charge, and is punishable by up to 10 years in a Texas prison.
District attorneys have claimed they will try to have Couch transferred
to adult court, so he may face more serious penalties.
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