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