Just a few days ago, a 16-year-old young man named Ethan Crouch from outside Dallas, Texas was sentenced by a Tarrant County Judge to 10 years probation following a DUI arrest and conviction. At first glance this may seem like a harsh punishment, until you realize that Mr. Crouch stole beer from Walmart, drank enough to have a blood alcohol of more than three times the legal limit, and crashed his F-150 pickup truck into a stranded motorist and her broken down vehicle, killing her and several good Samaritans who had come to the scene to help her. Mr. Crouch's actions left four people dead and yet he did not spend one day in prison for his actions. That my friends, is an excellent job by a DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyer that knows exactly how to talk to a judge and prosecutor. At his sentencing, his DUI defense attorney argued that Mr. Crouch's actions should be excused because the young man suffers from "affluenza". Before you start feeling too sorry for this dreadful disease that Mr. Crouch has "suffered his entire life" and begin organizing 5-k charity runs to help Mr. Crouch's struggle, understand what "affluenza" is. In reality, "affluenza" is supposed to be the fact that Mr. Crouch's parents are so wealthy, and they set zero limits on young Mr. Crouch when he was a child growing up, so he has never been asked to take responsibility for his actions. Crouch's DUI defense lawyer argued that his parents were partially to blame because they never set any rules for Mr. Crouch. More surprising is that the Judge bought this line of reasoning. At Shazam Kianpour & Associates we are Colorado DUI attorneys. We are Traffic Defense lawyers that have spend over combined 20 years defending these exact types of charges all over the Colorado Front Range in Counties like Adams, Weld, Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson County, Gilpin, Larimer, and El Paso County.
There are several valuable lessons to learn from this story. First, don't steal beer at Walmart. Second, if you're 16 years old, don't drink alcohol, and sure as hell don't get into a car if you do. Third, try not to be awful parents. If you treat your kids like buddies and give no ground rules and think "what's the worst that can happen?" look to the Crouch family. Four people won't get to celebrate the holidays this year because Ethan Crouch decided it would be fun to drink beer until his blood alcohol was three times the legal limit. Finally, it is important to remember that if you find yourself in a situation where you need to call a criminal defense attorney, call us first for a free consultation at 303-825-1075!
Judge's are the ones who will ultimately decide your sentence, and clearly Mr. Crouch's attorney knew how to convey his DUI clients plight to this judge. Similarly, in your particular case, it is vital you have an experienced Colorado traffic and criminal defense attorney like the attorneys at Shazam Kianpour and Associates in your corner to speak to YOUR judge. If Mr. Crouch's family decided "he's guilty, let's just go take the deal no matter what it is", their son could be serving 10 years in prison. Instead they hired an experienced criminal defense attorney who gave a passionate plea to the Judge to spare his young client a lengthy prison sentence. Although we of course are sympathetic to the people who were hurt, injured, or lost their lives, we commend Mr. Crouch's criminal lawyer. He went into court with his mind made up that he will find a way to save his client life, and he did just that! As experienced Denver criminal defense attorneys, the attorneys at Shazam Kianpour & Associates will vigorously fight your case every step of the way and will leave no stone unturned in the process of getting you the best possible outcome. Call us today at 303-825-1075 for a free consultation on your case!