A drunk driving conviction can come with rather hefty consequences in California. Depending on the circumstances leading up to the arrest, and whether or not it is a person’s first driving under the influence conviction, fines, probation, jail time and community service can all be part of sentencing.
Right now singer Bobby Brown is even on an electronic ankle bracelet. Due to overcrowding in the county jail the singer will have the monitoring device on for 55 days. This sentence is in connection to a second DUI conviction he received in the same year.
For this second DUI, Brown was originally sentenced to serve 55 days in jail and four years of informal probation. Even at the time though, it was estimated he would serve no more than nine days due to the overcrowding in the county jail. However, he ended up only being in jail for eight hours before being released.
But even though Brown is not in jail, the stipulations to his sentence are still surely having an impact on his life. Typically with an electronic ankle bracelet an inmate is not allowed to leave their home. Additionally, when Brown can leave, he has been ordered to go to a minimum of three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week and to complete a year and a half long alcohol treatment program.
In the case of Brown, while it made the news due to his celebrity status, anyone in California with DUI charges may be facing similar consequences. However, while Brown reached a plea agreement, an attorney with experience handling DUI cases could examine the facts of the case and offer advice on what to do from there.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Bobby Brown wearing ankle monitor for DUI sentence,” March 22, 2013
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