Chris Brown's misdemeanor assault trial begins Thursday at D.C. Superior Court, only a few blocks from the White House, but a conviction there is the least of his concerns.
"He should have a legitimate concern that his probation could be revoked in his Los Angeles case," said Jonathan Franklin, a prominent Los Angeles criminal defense attorney. "A person does not have to be found guilty of the new charge in order to trigger a probation violation hearing.
"A court can find that someone did not obey all laws during the term of their probation simply because they were arrested on new charges, and since the burden of proof is much lower in probation violation hearings, it is easier for the court to find that he has violated his probation terms," Mr. Franklin said. "Furthermore, probation violation hearings are decided by the court. There is no jury to make ultimate determination of guilt or innocence."
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