Singer Chris Brown was in a Los Angeles County courtroom yet again. This time he was praised by the judge as he made an appearance to document his progress on his probation requirements. Brown is in year three of a five year probation sentence stemming from his assault on then girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown was originally sentenced for a felony assault conviction in 2009.
According to a CNN.com report, Brown's probation officer noted that he completed his 1400 hours of community labor requirements. He is also required to complete other probation tasks, including a 52-week domestic violence program. Although he failed a drug test in September indicating that he had ingested marijuana, Brown's probation was not revoked. His lawyer argued that he has a medical marijuana card that allows him to use it for medicinal purposes in California.
The positive reports are critical for Brown in maintaining his probation, as well as his freedom. Probation is not easy, and involves a continual cycle of weekly reporting, visits from probation officers, community assignments and educational requirements.
While the overall purpose is to rehabilitate offenders, not everyone convicted of a crime will get this opportunity. The court relies upon a pre-sentence investigation that is conducted by the probation department to determine if the public's safety interest would best be served by offering alternatives to jail time. Investigators review a person's criminal history, their willingness and likelihood to follow program directions, and the seriousness of the offense. If the person is ultimately deemed to be a threat to public safety, jail time is recommended. If the person is a good candidate for rehabilitation, probation will likely be granted.
If you have questions about probation and how you may be evaluated, an experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you.
Source: CNN.com, Singer Chris Brown Clears Another Probation Hurdle, November 1, 2012