Bobby Brown plea deal keeps singer from behind bars

Apr 26, 2012 at 12:37 p.m. ET

Bobby Brown has a plea deal to thank for making him a free man. The singer, arrested for a DUI last month, will not be going to jail.

Bobby Brown, Alicia Etheridge

Bobby Brown's plea deal is keeping the 43-year-old from behind bars, but under the watchful eye of the law for the next three years. On Wednesday, the singer's attorney pleaded no contest on his behalf to a misdemeanor DUI charge that resulted from his arrest last month.

The upside to pleading no contest to the DUI charge? The remaining charges against Bobby Brown -- driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08 and driving with a suspended license -- were dropped, meaning no additional jail time will need to be served.

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Now that Bobby Brown's plea deal has been made, he must complete a three-month alcohol program and will be on probation for the next 36 months. While he is now free to once again consume alcohol, any measurable amount found in his system while behind the wheel, even if it is minute and under the legal limit, will result in arrest.

The plea deal reportedly also included one day of jail time, which Brown has already served, and a $390 fine.

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Brown, seen above with fiancée Alicia Etheridge and their son Cassius in February, was pulled over by police on March 26 for talking on his cell phone. Suspicion arose that the singer was intoxicated, and Brown was given a field sobriety test -- which he failed. His BAC level was found to be one-and-a-half times the legal limit.

Not a shabby plea deal for Bobby Brown, considering the maximum sentence could have been a full year of jail time.

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