DALLAS - Mothers Against Drunk Driving hopes 30,000 people will sign a petition to #FightAffluenza and move Ethan Couch’s case from juvenile to adult court.
On its website MADD said Couch should not be treated like a child because he has not acted like a child.
“The nation has watched with anger and disdain as Couch continues to show blatant disregard for the law. The families impacted will never have their loved ones back. Couch must be treated like the adult he is,” the organization said.
MADD plans to use the petition to urge a judge to transfer Couch’s probation sentence to the adult system before a hearing on Jan. 19.
The 18-year-old’s attorney claimed he suffered from “affluenza” and was never taught right from wrong. He received 10 years of probation in the juvenile system for a drunken driving crash that killed four people.
Investigators believe Couch and his mother fled to Mexico last month as prosecutors tried to determine if he had violated his probation. He is now fighting extradition in Mexico.