Chris Brown's hit-and-run case was dismissed in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, with the judge saying the case should never have been filed in the first place. Prosecutors argued Chris deserved to be "severely" punished for his traffic infraction, according to TMZ on Aug. 15. Brown was accused of leaving the scene of the car accident in Toluca Lake last May without showing a California driver's license, as well as providing incorrect insurance information.
Prosecutors may have seen the weakness of their case as they dismissed the no license and incorrect insurance info charges, leaving only the hit-and-run charge.
Prosecutors opted to dismiss the driving without a license charge because Chris did produce a valid Virginia driver's license. The driving without insurance charge also was dismissed because he was able to show he had insurance.
Chris and the victim apparently struck a civil compromise. The Los Angeles Times says the other driver, Olga Kovalenko, was rear-ended by Brown while driving her Mercedes.
She amazingly didn't try to shake Chris down for money. The damage to her car was said to be so minor that she actually also wanted the case dismissed.
However, the L.A. City Attorney objected, arguing before the judge Thursday morning that Brown, "was very aggressive toward the victim after the accident - calling her a 'b---h'".
The City Attorney also argued that since Chris Brown, 24, is currently on felony probation, and also was at the time of the car accident, that his alleged misconduct of leaving the scene without producing a valid California driver's license was all the more serious.
The judge in the case didn't buy the City Attorney's argument, however, and dismissed the case. Judge James R. Brandlin recently revoked Brown's probation and set a court date for Friday. Brown faces up to four years in jail on the probation violation.
The L.A. County district attorney's office said the decision to drop certain charges won't influence their pursuit of the probation violation case. Prosecutors are also contending that Brown never completed his community service.
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos told TMZ, "The case never should have been filed in the first place. It's unfortunate he was being prosecuted for who he is rather than what he's done".