No stranger to the criminal justice system, Chris Brown again finds himself ensnared in the long arms of the law as he faces new assault charges, which could trigger a probation violation case against the notorious singer. This recent run-in stemmed from an alleged assault that, according to law enforcement officials, took place at 4:30 am on Sunday October 27 outside of the W Hotel in Washington DC.
According to authorities, Brown allegedly punched a man in the face – breaking his nose and causing him to need emergency care – after the man had tried to get into a picture that Brown was taking with some fans. Some witnesses at the scene allege that Brown stated, “I’m not into this gay s**t, I’m into boxing,” right before punching the alleged victim. However, Brown and some of his bodyguards have stated that the alleged victim had been trying to get on Brown’s tour bus right before Brown hit him.
Although the assault charges against Brown were originally filed as felony charges, they have been reduced to misdemeanor charges, which is a victory for the defense. However, the L.A. County Probation Department has opened an investigation into this incident to decide whether it constitutes a probation violation for the probation Brown was ordered to serve in this 2009 assault case that involved him beating up pop singer Rihanna.
If the Probation Department decides that Brown has violated his probation and chooses to initiate a probation violation case against the singer, Brown:
- Will have to face a probation violation hearing
- Can be found guilty of violating his probation as long as the prosecutor is able to prove that it’s more likely than not that Brown did, in fact, violate his probation (Unlike in trial proceedings, prosecutors do not have standards of proof that are “beyond a reasonable doubt” in probation violation hearings.)
- Could face up to 4 years in prison if he is ultimately found guilty of violating his probation.
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