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Jail time for Bobby Brown's third DUI

Just before the 2012 Grammy Awards ceremonies, the music world was rocked when Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room. She reportedly drowned after falling asleep in the bathtub after taking prescription medicines. The music icon was only 48 years old.

The death deeply affected her family, especially daughter Bobbi Kristina. It was even reported that former husband Bobby Brown took the death exceptionally hard, and a number of gossip magazines suggested that he began drinking heavily to cope with the pain of Whitney's death. There is certainly some truth to these rumors, as Brown was arrested twice in 2012 on drunk driving charges (once in March, and again in October). These charges follow a 1996 arrest that resulted in a DUI conviction.

As a result of the October arrest, Brown pleaded no contest and will spend 55 days in jail. Before turning himself in to authorizes, he must also enter into an alcohol rehabilitation program. He must also pay a host of fines and penalty assessments and install an ignition interlock device on his car.

We find this story interesting because it follows a normal course of action for people with multiple DUI convictions. In many cases, courts will recognize that a defendant has a substance abuse problem and require participation in alcohol recovery programs as part of their sentence in lieu of long stints behind bars.

If you have been arrested on a subsequent drunk driving charge, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn about your options.

Source: VH1.com, Bobby Brown is heading to jail for DUI, February 27, 2013

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