Bobby Brown was sentenced to 55 days in jail, 48 months of summary probation, an 18-month alcohol program, and a $500 fine on Tuesday. Bobby Brown is supposed to report to jail on March 20 and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous classes per week according to a Feb. 27, 2013, E! News report.
Bobby Brown was not personally present in court when the sentence was announced for his drinking and driving violations but was represented by his lawyer, Tiffany Feder.
The above sentences and fine was only for Bobby Brown’s first charge. On a second count and third count, Bobby Brown “was placed on 36 months of summary probation, ordered to pay a $300 fine plus penalty assessment, install an ignition interlock device—an alcohol Breathalyzer that prohibits the driver from starting the car if they blow above the limit.”
Robert Barisford, aka Bobby Brown, was born on Feb. 5, 1969. The 44-year-old R&B singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, dancer, and ex-husband of Whitney Houston is not only known for his artistic career but also for his run-ins with the law.
On March 26, 2012, Bobby Brown was arrested for DUI after being pulled over for allegedly using a cell phone while driving.
On Oct. 24, 2012, Bobby Brown was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol for the second time in the same year. “Brown was pulled over around 1 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2012, for driving carelessly near the city of Tarzana, Calif., and officers discovered he was behind the wheel without his court-mandated dashboard Breathalyzer.”
According to an E! News report on Oct. 26, 2012, Bobby Brown was officially charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office with multiple DUI counts stemming from his arrest Wednesday for drunken driving
“The refusal allegation carries a mandatory, minimum two-day stay in the slammer, while driving with a prior conviction carries a four-day jail term. Not only that, but the R&B star also was driving on a restricted license and ignored a court order to only drive vehicles that have alcohol-monitoring ignition interlock devices, which requires him to take a breath test before he can start the engine. The second and third counts carry a maximum of six months each in the slammer and up to $5,000 in fines.”
Taking into consideration what Bobby Brown could have ended up with on Tuesday, 55 days in jail, probation, and a few hundred dollars in fines do not sound too bad.
Diego Edber, the Los Angeles deputy city attorney of Van Nuys’ city branch who prosecuted the case, told E! News that “while Brown was sentenced to 55 days, he will only likely serve a tenth of that time.”
The Los Angeles deputy city attorney also said that,
“It is my personal hope, and the hope of the people, that after being sentenced, people would actually do the amount of time they are sentenced to. But according to the Los Angeles Sheriff Department policy of early release, because of jail overcrowding we have no control over it.”