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DWI Sentence Too Lenient?

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DWI Sentence Too Lenient?

Author : Mark Morales

Submitted : 2014-01-05 02:46:10    Word Count : 444    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   DWI, Texas, Austin DWI attorney, Georgetown DWI Attorney, Texas DWI Attorney, Lawyer, accident, defendant, criminal, legal

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Some Feel Sentence too Lenient for Texas Teen

Driving is illegal once the blood alcohol content hits a certain level. Each state has different limits for DWI and Texas is no different. A recent court decision shocked some members of a community while others feel a teenage boy may finally receive the treatment he needs to live a functional and productive life.

Parents Partially Responsible for Accident

One psychologist called by the defense during the young man's trial claims that the boy never learned limits because his parents gave him everything he wanted. According to this expert, the parents believed that money could buy almost anything and the teenager never learned that there were consequences for his actions. The psychologist testified in court that the parents should share part of the blame for the young man's actions on the night that his DWI led to the death of four other people on the road.

The psychologist used the term "affluenza" to describe the defendant's condition.

How it Happened

The young man and several of his friends had reportedly stolen beer from a local grocery store before the accident. The teen's pickup veered off the road and struck several cars before coming to a stop, killing four people and seriously injuring several others. After the crash, the driver's blood alcohol content was tested at three times the limit set by the state of Texas.

The Judge's Decision

Ultimately, the decision came down to a Texas judge that felt the teen needed some sort of treatment. The judge chose not to release the young man to his parents, but hoped to find a long-term treatment facility for the issues that may have influenced his decision making on the night in question.

If the young man violates his probation terms, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors originally requested that the defendant be sentenced to the maximum penalty, 20 years in prison.

Instead, the boy erceived 10 years of probation as well as treatment prescribed by the court.

Some expressed outrage while others agreed with the judge's decision and the idea that the young man was a victim of his circumstances and needed help.

Two Sides to Every Story

Many times, cases are presented to the public in a certain way that allows for those with no inside information to make quick judgments. Although it appears that all the facts point one way, there are often extenuating circumstances that the public may not know.

It's important for any defendant facing a DWI charge to have a defense attorney that understands the complexities of these hidden factors. An experienced attorney can use such factors to secure the best possible outcome for their client.

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At Mark Morales & Associates, P.C., we have many years of experience dealing with the complexities of Texas law. Our commitment to treat and defend all of our clients as if they were our very own family members means that your case will be our top priority. Call us (Local: 512-930-5511) or (Toll Free: 888-349-2169) from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, or visit us at: http://www.markmorales.com/

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