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Bobby Brown pleads not guilty for second DUI

Many people know Bobby Brown for his musical career or his marriage to late singer Whitney Houston, but he has also been building himself a reputation with the law. Following a DUI arrest, the judge has accepted a plea from Brown through his attorney in Los Angeles. Brown chose not to appear in court due to the media attention. A follow-up is expected sometime this month, but in the meantime, the judge ordered Brown to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meeting per week.

After failing a field sobriety test and Breathalyzer test following a stop for an alleged traffic violation, police found that Brown had not been driving with his mandatory ignition interlock device. This resulted in an additional charge for Brown. He is now facing three charges: driving under the influence with a prior conviction, driving on a restricted license and driving without the interlock device.

His previous DUI offense, which he pled no contest to, has had a detrimental effect on his everyday life as a result of the restricted license and interlock device. It has now caused additional legal issues due to his arrest for alleged DUI again. If convicted of these three charges he may face two years in prison. He is already on probation.

People accused of DUI ought to seek an aggressive defense to decrease their sentence. The serious nature of drunk driving, however, should not be overlooked. A split-second decision to get behind the wheel can have a long-term effect for the driver and anyone injured as a result of their actions.

Source: The New York Daily News, "Bobby Brown pleads not guilty to DUI charge," Nancy Dillon, Nov. 16, 2012

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