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Bobby Brown charged with DUI in California

The stress of losing his ex-wife in such a tragic way, may have led to the arrest of singer Bobby Brown for DUI at the end of March. Brown's lawyer met before a judge Monday and pleaded not guilty on behalf of Brown, but the judge ordered Brown to ban alcohol from his life until his next court appearance because the judge felt that his past substance abuse problems and the recent stress in his life, could affect public safety.

Brown was arrested in California after he was pulled over for talking on his cell phone and then failed a field sobriety test. He agreed to take a Breathalyzer test and it was 0.12, which is over the legal limit. He was then charged with driving under the influence, driving with a blood alcohol level greater than .08 and driving with a suspended license.

Brown, 43, is no stranger to the law. He was sentenced in 1996 to five days in jail after crashing a car with a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit. He also served more jail time in 2000 when he failed a court-ordered drug test.

Supporters of Brown have said that the alcohol in his system was from the previous night and his lawyers are questioning whether Brown was driving erratically at the time of his arrest.

If convicted, Brown could face a year in jail and $1,000 fine for each count. His next pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 16. Also, he must appear in court next month if he can't prove that the suspension on his license has been lifted. Until then, his license will remain suspended.

Source: New York Daily News, "Bobby Brown pleads not guilty in DUI case: Whitney Houston's ex-husband ordered to stay sober until next court hearing," Nancy Dillon, April 16, 2012

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