Ethan Crouch, the teenager who killed four people in a drunk driving accident last June, will learn the terms of his probation and where he will be living today.
The judge’s sentencing of 10 years of probation in 2013 sparked controversy in the Dallas-Fort Worth community and across the entire nation. Many even attributed the sentencing to race and gender.
From the perspective of a personal injury lawyer, it concerns me that this is what punishment has come down to in cases where a drunk driver kills someone or a group of people. There are too many inconsistencies when it comes to those who go to jail and those who don’t go to jail for this crime. Ten years of probation is unacceptable - even for a 16-year-old boy.
I believe that it is my duty as a Forth Worth personal injury lawyer to ensure that people who drive under the influence are held liable for their actions. Taking the lives of four innocent bystanders should not only be punished, but should also be used as an example to others about the consequences of drunk driving. Instead, the outcome of this case undermines the severity of Crouch’s actions and provides society with mixed messages about the so-called “no tolerance” drinking and driving policy in Texas.
Crouch’s father offered to pay for Crouch to serve his probation sentence in a top-dollar rehabilitation facility in California. Many are enraged that Crouch’s probation could actually just turn into a very long beach vacation instead of the jail time they think he deserves.
No matter if Crouch goes to serve his probation sentence in California or right here in Texas, the bottom line is that justice was not served. The families who lost their loved ones will never see the boy who killed their family member have a true inconvenience in the world because of his mistake.
Today’s ruling could add fuel to the already controversial fire, but there is a huge chance that the court will keep the location of the rehabilitation facility private for the safety of Crouch, his family and the judge.