While California is known for having some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation, it seems Bobby Brown has been let off easy. He was released Wednesday after serving nine hours of his 55-day jail sentence for driving under the influence.
L.A. County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told the media that Brown was released early due to jail overcrowding and good behavior. A representative for the R&B singer said he is at home with his family.
Brown pleaded no contest to DUI and driving on a suspended license in February. In addition to his brief stint in jail, he will be required to wear an ankle bracelet for eight days. He has also been placed on four years of informal probation and must complete an 18-month alcohol education program.
Brown’s latest conviction is his second within less than a year. He avoided jail time on a previous conviction by pleading no contest. He has been convicted a total of three times for DUI, the first one being in 1996 after leading police on a high-speed chase.
According to California law, those who have been convicted of DUI two times within the span of ten years receive a minimum sentence of 96 hours and a maximum of 1 year in county jail. Three to five years of probation, up to $1,000 in fines, and a completion of an 18 or 30-month treatment program are also in order. It looks like Brown has once again received the long end of the wishbone on this one.
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