A 16-year-old who drove drunk and killed four people and injured two others presented an interesting case to the judge, with a defense psychologist testifying in juvenile court that the boy's actions were the result of a bad case of "affluenza."
That is, the youth was very wealthy and growing up, his parents failed to hold him accountable for any of his actions. His permissive parents did not show him socially appropriate consequences for socially inappropriate conduct.
Our North Carolina injury lawyers have to give the defense in this case points for creativity. However, few believed it would actually work. Then, to the outrage of the victims' families, the juvenile judge slashed what could have been a 20 year prison term into 10 years of probation, portions of which will include time in a long-term treatment facility. The $450,000 bill for that "country club-style" facility, which offers organic food choices and equine therapy, will be paid for by the teen's father.