Case of Ethan Couch Known as 'Affluenza Teen' Moves to Adult Court as He Turns 19
Ethan Couch in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 19, 2016. (LM Otero / AP)

Case of Ethan Couch Known as ‘Affluenza Teen’ Moves to Adult Court as He Turns 19

DALLAS — Ethan Couch turns 19 years old on Monday, which signals a big shift in his case.


With his birthday comes a new set of legal conditions that could shape his future.

He’s facing stricter conditions of his probation. That could include serving more jail time — anywhere between 120 and 180 days. He’s in jail right now after violating his 10-year probation when he fled to Mexico.

Couch first made headlines back in 2014 when his attorney said he was too spoiled to know right from wrong after he killed four people in a drunk driving crash at the age of 16.

One week from Monday, Couch will have his first hearing in adult court before the same judge as his mom, who is on house arrest after helping her son flee the U.S.

Couch’s probation expires in 2024.

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