On Monday, a Texas judge reduced the bond set for the "affluenza mom" who was charged with helping her son violate parole by taking him to Mexico.
Judge Wayne Salvant reduced the bond to $75,000 from one million dollars in a felony case that stated Tonya Couch helped her son evade the probation arrangement that kept him out of jail on drunk driving charges. The judge also required Tonya Couch to wear an electronic monitor, participate in drug testing and weekly check-ins.
The son was derided for using a defense of “affluenza” in a trial in juvenile court in 2013 where he was charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter. A psychiatrist testifying on his behalf contended his family’s wealth impaired his judgment to tell right from wrong.
The diagnosis, which is not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, was widely ridiculed.
Bail was reduced after Couch said that she could not afford the one million dollar price tag and it was argued that the amount was excessive for someone charged with a third degree felony.
But Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney said "She has shown she is willing to violate his probation and is willing to do so in a big way.”