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‘Affluenza’ teen may delay deportation with human rights law

Charges were filed against Tonya Couch, 48, of Burleson late Wednesday.

The mother might battle her switch and should not arrive in Tarrant County till Friday on the earliest, native TV broadcaster WFAA cited county prosecutors as saying.

If convicted, Tonya Couch faces a sentence of two to 10 years behind bars for assisting her son in eluding the authorities.

“Her case is much more defensible”, he said.

Bail is set at $1 million with the condition that it be made in open court here in Fort Worth….

Legal experts say Ethan Couch could argue that there was a flaw in his detention by Mexican immigration authorities.

If the judge considering the appeal decides there was a mistake made in the process of detaining Couch, he could be released, and authorities would have to re-arrest him, Lopez said.

Tonya Couch’s attorneys, Stephanie K. Patten and Steve Gordon, said their client is eager to have her day in court and did not break any Texas laws, according to KXAS 5 (NBC).

He said the injunction ruling takes the deportation decision out of the hands of an immigration agent and turns it over to a higher authority.

Ethan Couch may not be returning to Fort Worth from Mexico soon, authorities said.

Couch is now being held in a Los Angeles jail after being deported from Mexico late Wednesday.

Officials have not announced a date for the move.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Eugene Hwang said Thursday that he couldn’t immediately comment.

A call to Tonya Couch’s attorney was not immediately returned Thursday.

Couch, who was 16 at the time of the crash and was tried in juvenile court, received 10 years’ probation for driving drunk and crashing into a disabled SUV parked on the side of the road in 2013.

An additional charge awaiting Tonya Couch, according to the New York Post is the fact that she was found with a gun in a drawer of their first stop, a swanky resort, just before they arrested her in Mexico.

It has since emerged that Couch and his mother were tracked to the holiday town of Puerto Vallarta after using a phone to order Domino’s Pizza while in hiding; the phone was tracked, and the U.S Marshals Service quickly told authorities of its location.

If the teen confirms his wish to go forward with that approach, the case would go to trial, and proceedings could take months, the official said. Hunter said amparo cases typically take two weeks to two months. “We’re patient people. We’ll be waiting”.

The social worker concluded that the Couches had “adultified” a then-9-year-old Ethan, allowing him to become overly involved in adult issues and decisions.

“He is very appreciative of efforts by these and other agencies to safely locate his son”.

It could be weeks before Ethan Couch is sent back to the United States.

Eisenman didn’t know why Tonya Couch came through Los Angeles or when she would be transported.

State District Judge Jean Boyd, who is now retired, sentenced Ethan Couch to probation on four counts of intoxication manslaughter in December 2013. Mitchell died along with three good Samaritans who were trying to help her – youth pastor Brian Jennings, 41, Hollie Boyles, 52, and her 21-year-old daughter, Shelby.

The attorney did acknowledge the case, and the lives lost and families destroyed by Ethan Couch’s fatal crash. He said Couch was not able to tell right from wrong, and lacks a sense of responsibility. If he is punished for a violation in the juvenile probation system, that would have him in jail until his 19th birthday on April 11, 2016, about 102 days.

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