People in New York who are arrested after being involved in a crash in which they were accused of being drunk will no doubt want to know how they might ever be able to defend themselves or move forward with their lives. Certainly a conviction for the involvement in an alleged drunk driving accident can have serious consequences but defendants should not give up on themselves or their futures.

An example can be seen in the case of one man who had come to be referred to as “the affluenza teen”. The young man who is now in his early 20s was a mere 16 years old when he is said to have been driving drunk. He ended up hitting four people, all of whom died as a result of their injuries. Another person who was in the vehicle driven by the defendant survived but was seriously injured.

Had prosectors received what they wanted, the young man may have been sentenced to as many as 20 years in prison. Instead, he received a probation sentence lasting 10 years. Most recently, he was released after serving 720 in custody. He remains on probation. He will be expected to seek employment which might be one step toward him getting his life on a better track in a positive and constructive way.

Defendants facing serious charges related to drunk driving accidents might want to consult with a lawyer to learn how they may protect their rights.

Source: The New York Times, “Ethan Couch, ‘Affluenze Teen’ Who Killed 4 While Driving Drunk, Is Freed,” Daniel Victor, April 2, 2018