Chris Brown’s Lawyer Expects Hit-and-Run Case to be Dropped

Chris BrownAfter having two misdemeanor charges dropped in connection with a recent hit-and-run charge, Chris Brown‘s attorney said he expects the criminal case against the singer to be dismissed.

Prosecutors dismissed misdemeanor charges of driving without a license or insurance Tuesday, which leaves the hit-and-run charge.

Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

The R&B star still has to show up to a sheriff’s station to be formally booked on the hit-and-run charge. He has until Aug. 6 to do so, but Geragos and a rep for Brown said he plans on doing so in the next few days.

DOCUMENT: Chris Brown accident report

Geragos said he hopes the remaining count will be dismissed next month, when the singer is expected back in court. He filed a motion to dismiss the charge, citing a civil settlement between Brown and the other driver, Olga Kovalenko, whose Mercedes was rear-ended in a May collision.

“[Kovalenko] voluntarily came forward and said she had no desire to prosecute,” Geragos said.

In May the singer allegedly rear-ended a woman’s Mercedes with his Range Rover. According to the accident report, obtained by The Times, Kovalenko said the singer gave her invalid information and there was a verbal spat.

Prosecutors dismissed the charges because he produced a license from his native Virginia and he showed proof of insurance.

With any headline tied to the oft-embattled singer the minor traffic crash became national news. Brown took to Twitter to defend himself against media “bullying” and vented his frustration toward Kovalenko.

“It’s not a hit and run if u get out the car, exchange information (who has NO DAMAGE to either cars). This is really ridiculous,” Brown wrote. “I have a valid drivers license and I gave the woman the right info. She saw cameras and wanted to make a scene.”

Brown posted a picture of the car he allegedly hit, which showed no apparent damage, and he changed his profile picture on the social media site to be of him and Kovalenko at the scene.

“I’ve made mistakes in the past and have worked hard to be a better person,” Brown went on to write. “I don’t have all the answers and you can’t show me a person that age who has it figured out. We live and grow. Let me live.”

Though a misdemeanor case, Brown is still on five years’ probation for his 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna. A judge revoked Brown’s probation, standard practice according to Geragos.

Brown could face up to four years in jail on the probation violation. He is due back in court on Aug. 16

“It’s unfortunate,” Geragos said of the latest case and the media attention around Brown. “I’ve been around him for five years. I consider him as close to me as I do my own son; he’s a special young man. It’s unfortunate this stuff swirls around him.”

By: Gerrick D. Kennedy | LA Times

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