Chris Brown has apparently stepped over the line one too many times. The Los Angeles County prosecutor has filed a motion with the court to revoke his five-year probation over his supposed hit-and-run traffic accident. But don’t believe reports he faces four years in jail.
While he could potentially receive that much jail time, the case doesn’t warrant incarceration, even if Brown is found to have violated his probation, stemming from his beatdown of Rihanna in 2009.
The hit-and-run charges sounds serious, but it’s actually misdemeanor hit-and-run, not the more serious felony charge. Drivers can face a misdemeanor charge simply for giving the wrong insurance or driver’s license information as Chris allegedly did.
The more serious charge has to involve bodily injury and could result in serious jail time. In Brown’s case, the other driver was not injured and her car was only slightly damaged.
The victim, who reported Brown to the police at the time of the May accident, now says she’s willing to testify that she doesn’t want Brown to go to jail, according to gossip site TMZ.
UPDATE: Judge James R. Brandlin revoked Brown’s probation this afternoon (July 15). Brown will now have to appear in court on Aug.16 for further disposition of the case. The judge will determine at that time if Brown will spend any time in jail.
For his part, Brown is miffed. “I did everything I was suppose to do during the so called hit n run, I provided the correct info. There were no injuries or damages. C’mon!!” he Tweeted.
But the prosecutor was irked by the way the R&B singer handled his community service stemming form his guilty plea in the 2009 assault case against Rihanna. He beat her savagely on the eve of the Grammy Awards Show in a spat over another woman.
In the court motion, the prosecutor alleges Brown “willfully and unlawfully” refused to hand over his driver’s license and insurance information as required by California law.
If the judge agrees with the prosecutor, Brown could face a short stint in the county jail. But due to over-crowding he likely wouldn’t stay for more than a day or two, which is typical involving those jailed for minor, non-violent offenses.