The infamous Chris Brown has been charged again in a local court. The much maligned musician was originally charged with felony assault in a Washington D.C. court. According to reports, Brown and one of his hired body guards got into an altercation with a Maryland man outside a local hotel. Brown was released, however, after the charges were reduced to misdemeanors.
Brown's criminal defense team assured reporters that Brown committed no crime. Nevertheless, the D.C. court ordered Brown to return to Los Angeles and report to his local parole officer. While the charges on the east coast may be limited, their ramifications on his parole restrictions could be significant.
Criminal defendants, like Brown, face serious penalties that can restrict them for the rest of their lives. This is something the accused need to heed. Even if authorities offer probation, a suspended sentence could turn into real jail time for minor violations. As a result, those charged with a crime need to be extremely diligent in plea negotiations.
Probation can be an excellent tool to give a person another chance by avoiding jail time. At the same time, probation restrictions can limit a person's ability to work and otherwise live a full life. As a result, terms of such probation need to be negotiated carefully.
Local Upper Marlboro criminal defense attorneys know the potential pitfalls that face criminal defendants put on probation. They know how to avoid unnecessary restrictions and how to defend against probation violation allegations. Those charged with crimes should take all legal precautions to get back on their feet and avoid letting previous transgressions affect the rest of their lives.
Source: CNN.com, "Assault charges against Chris Brown in D.C. brawl reduced," Alan Duke, October 29, 2013