Parole or probation can be like a second chance for those convicted of crimes, but it is important to comply with all of the requirements to avoid additional jail time. Singer Chris Brown’s legal troubles have been in the news for years, and Brown was recently ordered to serve a year in jail — 131 days after being given credit for previous jail time and rehab — after violating his probation.
The violation occurred when 25-year-old Brown was arrested for a misdemeanor assault charge while still on probation for the infamous 2009 incident involving then-girlfriend and fellow singer Rihanna. After the incident, Brown was ordered to attend family counseling and anger management sessions as well as submit to random drug testing and complete community service.
After the singer was arrested while on probation, the judge revoked his probation, and Brown has been in custody for approximately two months. On May 9, however, Brown reportedly admitted to the probation violation, and his lawyers said that the admission was likely to get him released as early as May 12. When he is released, he will reportedly continue to be on probation until Jan. 23, 2015, and any further probation violations may result in more jail time.
While this case is playing out in a different state, it shows Maryland residents how serious probation violations can be. In some cases, including willful violation of the terms of probation, probation may be permanently revoked. Those on parole or probation should do their bests to comply with the terms and ensure that they are checking in with their parole or probation officers regularly to avoid additional jail time.
Source: CNN, “Chris Brown admits violating probation, could be out of jail soon” Alan Duke, May. 12, 2014