News: Bruno Mars' Cocaine Possession Case Gets Sniffed Out, Erased Off Record
Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 9:00AM
Pop singer Bruno Mars no longer has to worry about having a dirty criminal record as a judge has dismissed his cocaine possession charge dating back nearly two years ago.
According to reports, Mars' record turned clean this week in court.
Bruno Mars has a clean record once again. A judge dismissed the cocaine possession charge against the Grammy-winning singer today in Las Vegas. Attorneys for the pop star told Judge Jessie Walsh that Mars, born Peter Gene Hernandez, stayed out of trouble and met other conditions of a plea deal reached almost a year ago. The 26-year-old, who is nominated for six awards at this year's Grammys, did not appear in court on Wednesday. He completed probation, paid a $2,000 fine, and performed 230 hours of community service and eight hours of drug counseling. (Rap-Up)
Earlier this month, Mars confronted the controversy surrounding his September 2010 arrest.
"I don't live my life with regrets. I don't dwell on anything. It happened," he explained in an interview, "it must've happened for a reason -- I think it's something that I moved past and I'm hoping everyone else that I come across will move past it sure." ("Piers Morgan Tonight")
Last February, Mars came to terms with the coke case and accepted a guilty plea deal.
Bruno Mars just formally pled guilty today to possession of a controlled substance. Mars was in a Las Vegas courtroom with his lawyer, Blair Berk, when Mars pled guilty to felony cocaine possession, but if he stays out of trouble for 12 months, the charge will be dismissed -- as if it never happened. Mars is also required to do 8 hours of private counseling and 200 hours of community service with a charitable organization. He must also pay a $2,000 fine -- which he's paying today ... because he has Bruno Mars money. Berk tells TMZ, "We are very pleased that the prosecution has agreed to dismiss the charge." (TMZ)
Earlier the same month, reports claimed the case would be finalized in a matter of days.
Pop star Bruno Mars told a Las Vegas judge Friday that he'll plead 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)