It's Bobby Brown's prerogative to drive drunk. It's also a Los Angeles judge's prerogative to send Bobby Brown to jail for his DUI conviction last year.
The 44-year-old singer will head to a county jail next month to begin serving his 55-day sentence for his second DUI conviction in less than a year, reports CNN.
Brown's penalty may seem a bit harsh for drunk driving (especially for a celebrity); however, the singer was driving with a suspended license from a previous DUI arrest at the time. Brown entered a guilty plea of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, and violating probation from the earlier conviction.
For his earlier DUI conviction, Brown also entered a plea deal and was able to avoid jail. Instead, he spent time in a "confidential rehabilitation center" and had to meet the terms of his probation that included not driving drunk, reports CNN.
Brown will not get off so lucky this time around. Along with the 55-day jail sentence, Brown was also ordered to attend at least three Alcoholics Anonymous sessions each week until he begins his jail sentence on March 20.
The 55-day jail sentence consists of ten days for the DUI, ten days for driving with a suspended license, and 35 days for violating probation. His probation was also extended for another four years.
Had Brown not entered a plea deal for the DUI, he could have potentially faced much more severe penalties including up to a year in jail for the DUI. But Brown, like many other DUI defendants, entered into a plea deal to avoid the most serious penalties.
For less serious DUI offenders (even repeat DUI offenders), prosecutors may be willing to enter a plea deal to save the time and money of litigating the case. And with the four-year probation for Bobby Brown, prosecutors can throw the book at the singer should he drive drunk again.
- Bobby Brown sentenced to 55 days in jail for DUI (The Associated Press)
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