Will An 'Affluenza' Defense Keep Dr. Phil Guest Bo Douglas Morgan, Who Got Two DUIs, Out Of Jail?

Amy Feinstein

The Dr. Phil Show had a young man and his parents on today as a family in crisis. Bo Douglas Morgan has been charged with two DUIs, running over a man while under the influence, and the possession of several drugs, including 66 tabs of LSD, two Xanax pills, and a trace amount of marijuana. The young man is now just shy of his 18th birthday, but he is being charged as an adult. Dr. Phil was tasked with getting Morgan to take his situation seriously, but the psychologist was getting a strong whiff of what is now being called affluenza.

Affluenza first became a term used in the courts and the media after Ethan Couch, a now 19-year-old in Texas who, because of his indulgent childhood, was said not to be responsible for running over and killing several people while he was stoned and drunk, as reported by the Inquisitr. Couch's lawyer argued that his parents never said no to him, so Couch didn't fully understand right from wrong. Couch walked away on probation, but after violating that probation, he and his mother fled the country and hid out in Mexico. Ethan Couch is now in jail as a result of the probation violation and for going on the run. His mother, Tonya Couch, is also facing jail time.


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After the first DUI and wreck, Bo was released to his parents, and in the second case that also included drug charges, his mother bailed him out, so he didn't have to spend time in jail. At the time of the show, the parents revealed that Bo still had access to a car and was under no restrictions at home.

The current charges against Bo Douglas Morgan, who is being charged as an adult so his identity could be revealed, are driving while under the influence of controlled substances causing serious bodily injury, a felony possession charge for LSD, and a misdemeanor possession charge for alprazolam. After the accident, Morgan was tested, and the Campbell County Attorney's Office got a report back from the state lab indicating that his blood showed amphetamines, barbituates, benzodiazepines (tranquilizers) and cannabinoids, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.

"(He) was walking in the direction he believed their motel to be and didn't remember anything beyond that. (He) stated he didn't remember falling down, being hit and run over by the car or anything."

The victim suffered head trauma and multiple other injuries, and he spent time in the ICU. There were several witnesses to the accident.

Sadly, Dr. Phil got mostly attitude from Bo Douglas Morgan, who seemed annoyed that his parents believe in obeying the law, especially in reference to drugs. Though his obviously affluent parents have now replaced two wrecked cars, he expressed disdain that they did not approve of him smoking marijuana (which is still illegal in Wyoming). When asked what he wanted to do in the future, he said he wanted degrees in botany and business to grow his own marijuana to "help people."

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