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.
Contact us for more information about how we may be able to help you fight your criminal charges!