News: Bruno Mars Plans Valentine's Day Date In Court

Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 11:53AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Pop singer Bruno Mars will be spending his Valentine's Day in court later this month to announce a guilty plea in relation to a 2010 drug possession arrest.

According to reports, Mars is set to appear in court on February 14th.

Pop star Bruno Mars told a Las Vegas judge Friday that he'llplead guilty in state court on Valentine's Day to a felony cocaine charge that would be wiped from his record if he stays out of trouble for a year. Defense lawyer Blair Berk said her client appreciated the chance he was receiving as a first offender. "We're extremely pleased the charge against Bruno is going to be dismissed," she said. The plea deal worked out last week calls for Mars to spend a year on probation, pay a $2,000 fine, perform 200 hours of community service and complete drug counseling. (Billboard)

Details of Mars' original plea deal agreement landed online late last month.

Clark County District Attorney David Roger said Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, will be placed on a year of informal probation. He must pay a $2,000 fine, perform 200 hours of community service, attend drug counseling and stay out of trouble. If the 25-year-old successfully completes those terms he will be allowed to withdraw his plea and the case will be dismissed, a common occurrence in minor first-time drug possession cases. If Mars fails, he will be adjudicated guilty and could face prison time. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Last November, Mars' case was set to be delayed through December.

The 25-year-old singer's trial, originally scheduled to take place yesterday (Nov. 18) in Las Vegas, has been postponed, according to attorney David Chesnoff. Mars--born Peter Hernandez--was accused of possessing 2.6 grams of cocaine when he was arrested following a Sept. 19 performance at a Vegas nightspot. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted on the controlled substance charge. Still riding the success of his hit single "Just The Way You Are," the Hawaii native is due back in court Dec. 14. (VIBE)

The singer faced up to four years behind bars if he had been convicted.

Mars has been formally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas district attorney's office tells EW. Mars is due back in court Nov. 18. If he is convicted, potential punishment for this charge could include one to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 -- but if the singer has no prior convictions, Nevada law dictates that any such sentence would be automatically suspended and he would be put on probation instead. (Entertainment Weekly)

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