‘Affluenza’ Mom Tonya Couch Posts Bond, to Be Released Tuesday

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Tonya Couch is seen in a booking photo released by the Tarrant County Police Department; Ethan Couch is seen after being arrested in Mexico in December 2015 in a photo released by the Jalisco State Prosecutors Office.

Tonya Couch, the mother of the so-called “affluenza” teen, has posted bail, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office said.

She will be released Tuesday after she is equipped with an electronic ankle monitor.

Earlier Monday, her bond was lowered from $1 million to $75,000.

Authorities have accused Tonya Couch of helping her son leave the country to avoid a probation hearing that may have led to jail time for him.

Texas prosecutors had charged her with hindering the apprehension of a felon and initially set bond at $1 million. That happened in December after she was returned to the U.S. but was still in Los Angeles, in the custody of the L.A. Police Department.

Couch arrived in Texas on Thursday after a Los Angeles judge approved her extradition more than a week after Mexican authorities detained mother and son in a Pacific resort town.

She was arraigned Friday in Fort Worth, but did not enter a formal plea.

During the Monday bond hearing, Tarrant County, Texas, Judge Wayne Salvant lowered her bond and issued several other conditions

Couch must:

  • Wear an electronic ankle monitor
  • Report to authorities on a weekly basis
  • Live in Tarrant County with her 29-year-old son and his family
  • Abstain from using controlled substances or alcohol (she’ll be drug tested)
  • Be placed under 24-hour home confinement (lawyers and doctors are allowed to visit her)
  • Not possess or transport any firearms or weapons
  • Pay a monthly $60 supervision fee
  • Avoid “bad actors”

Judge Salvant also issued a gag order for lawyers involved in the case, barring them from communicating with the media.