Chris Brown charged with hit-and-run in latest clash with law

LOS ANGELES - In his latest run-in with the law, singer Chris Brown has been charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license.

Los Angeles city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan says the charges filed Tuesday involve a minor accident on May 21 in the San Fernando Valley. If convicted, Brown would face up to one year in jail.

Arraignment is scheduled for July 15 at the Van Nuys courthouse, but an attorney can appear on Brown's behalf.

It's Brown's latest clash with the law in a series that began with the February 2009 beating of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. He pleaded guilty to that assault, and is now serving five years of felony probation and community service.

Mateljan says the county district attorney's office will be notified of the charges and it will be up to the county district attorney's office and the courts to determine if the latest case will have any effect on Brown's probation.

The county district attorney has already questioned whether Brown is meeting the terms of his probation, stating in February that there is no credible evidence that he completed the community service he was required to do in the beating of Rihanna.

The filing also alleges Brown violated his probation with several violent outbursts that haven't resulted in arrests or charges.

The prosecution motion cites a fight in January between Brown and Frank Ocean, an incident in Miami in which Brown allegedly took a woman's cellphone and a March 2011 incident in which Brown threw a chair through a window after appearing on "Good Morning America" and being asked about the Rihanna beating.

Brown also had a positive marijuana result during a random drug screening.