Singer Chris Brown was accused of punching a stranger in the face in the early morning hours of October 27,2013 in Washington, D.C.
The alleged victim is Adams Parker. Mr. Parker alleges that Mr. Brown punched him in the face for trying to “photo-bomb” a picture Mr. Brown was taking with a female fan. Both Mr. Brown and his bodyguard were arrested on felony assault charges. Unfortunately for Mr. Brown, this is not his first run in with the law. Following an incident with his ex-girlfriend in 2009, Mr. Brown was placed on probation for five years. How this latest brush with the law will affect his probation term remains to be seen.
In Nevada, when a Defendant is given a grant of probation, that same defendant is also given an “underlying sentence” that stays in effect until the case is closed. The underlying sentence is the amount of time a defendant would serve in jail and/or prison if he/she did not comply with the terms of probation.
There are a number of probation violations that can get a term of probation revoked, with the most common being picking up a new criminal charge. Most judges consider a probation grant a gift- a chance for the defendant to prove his/her willingness to become a productive member of society. And many judges will not hesitate to put a defendant in custody if he/she does not comply with all terms and conditions of probation. Therefore, when a defendant is given probation in a case, it is very important to understand all the conditions of that probation. Because failure to do so could land that defendant in prison for a very long time.