Because Ethan Couch killed four people and seriously injured two others in a drunk driving incident, he should be charge as an adult. Though Couch was only 16 at the time of the crime, the choices to drink AND get behind the wheel were adult. His socioeconomic status is not relevant.
Ethan Couch should be charged as an adult for the manslaughter of two people while driving drunk because even though he was a minor, he was old enough to know the effects of drinking alcohol and simply driving a car in general. He made the choice to drink alcohol, then made the choice to drive a car, so he should be tried as an adult because he was old enough to make his own choices which resulted in the death and injury of others.
I was raised to be held accountable for my actions. I was raised to understand that my actions affect others. Ethan Couch may not be 18, but he is certainly old enough to be held accountable for his actions. He is old enough to operate a vehicle. He is also old enough to drive himself to a party with his friends and consume alcohol before driving his car again. Ethan Couch's actions caused the death of four people, and he should be tried as an adult. If he is old enough to make the decision to drive under the influence, then he is old enough to pay the price for the devestation his actions caused.
Ethan Couch may have issues or problems. He did break the law and has to face the charges but he should not be held to higher standard. His immaturity proves that he should continue being charged as a juvenile until her reaches appropriate age. His mother however, should be accountable for her poor choices and should be held at the higher standard.