Bobby Brown, ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston, has been officially charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following his arrest earlier this week and could be sent to jail for a year if convicted.
The 43-year-old New Edition singer was detained in a jail in Van Nuys, near Los Angeles, for several hours on Monday after California Highway Patrol stopped him around 12:20 p.m. after spotting him talking on a cell phone. He then failed a sobriety test. It is illegal to use a hand-held device to speak or text in California.
On Wednesday, March 28, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office charged Brown with three misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence; driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or above and driving on a suspended license, a spokesperson said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
"Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and Mr. Brown was not driving erratically. He was speaking on his cell phone. Mr. Brown has not been convicted of anything associated with this incident," Brown's attorney had said in a earlier statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "Mr. Brown is taking this matter seriously and an investigation is underway. The legal process shall run its course."
The singer's license was suspended because he failed to appear in court to contest a speeding ticket he had received about a year ago. Brown is due to be arraigned for his charges on April 16 but does not have to appear in court in person because they are misdemeanors. If convicted of all counts, Brown could be sentenced to a maximum of one year in jail.
Brown has battled substance abuse for years and has a prior DUI conviction from 1996. He pleaded guilty to the charge six years later and was sentenced to eight days in jail. In 2004, he was sentenced to 60 days behind bars for violating his probation, months after he was arrested and charged with battery following a domestic dispute with Houston.
In 2008, he was sentenced to a year of community service after police found him in an SUV in possession of a small amount of cocaine.