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OTRC: Bobby Brown avoids jail in DUI case, put on probation

Bobby Brown, ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston, has pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol following his arrest last month and has been sentenced to 36 months of probation.

The 43-year-old New Edition singer entered his plea at a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, April 25, CNN reported. He was also sentenced to one day in jail, which he already served after he was detained, and was ordered to complete a 90-day alcohol treatment program.

Authorities had pulled him over him around 12:20 p.m. in late March 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. The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office charged Brown with three misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or above.

The singer pleaded no contest to the latter charge, while the first two were dismissed.

Brown's license was suspended because he failed to appear in court to contest a speeding ticket he had received about a year ago. The singer had faced a maximum sentence of one year in jail for his recent charges.

The singer 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.

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