In a recent criminal defense case in Texas, a 16-year-old who killed four people because of his drunk driving was sentenced to probation, which allowed him to avoid the usual prison sentence that is given for the crime he committed. He was able to receive the lighter sentence after a psychologist testified in his case that the teenage defendant suffered from "Affluenza." This referred to the fact that because of his wealthy upbringing, he was never given limitations and his parents did not teach him about the consequences of his poor decisions.
According to a news story by 23ABC News (KERO-Bakersfield), this sentence stirred up a great amount of controversy and resulted in a new bill that aims to put an end to the use of the "Affluenza" defense in trial or in the sentencing process. The bill, AB 1508, was introduced by California Assemblyman Mike Gratto, who represents Los Angeles.
In the 23ABC News story, one of the attorneys from our law firm was asked to weigh in on how a ban on the "Affluenza" defense could impact the criminal justice system. Bakersfield Criminal Defense Attorney Jared Thompson, who is of
The Law Offices of Kyle J. Humphrey, told the television news station that while the bill is backed by good intentions, it is far too severe and would just result in a greater number of people being sent to prison. He explained that jail is not always the right solution for young offenders, who oftentimes do not fully realize the gravity of the choices they make. These are issues that attorneys should always be allowed to bring up in court in the sentencing process, he noted in his interview with the news station.
Attorney Thompson is one of the skilled defense lawyers at our criminal defense law firm who works hard to protect the rights and the futures of individuals who are facing criminal charges. Our firm handles many different types of criminal cases.
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