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Lil Scrappy was arrested in Georgia for allegedly violating the terms of his probation.
The 28-year-old rapper, known for his 2006 hit "Money in the Bank," is a cast member on VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta." He was booked and taken to DeKalb County jail, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The probation violation reportedly stemmed from a 2008 marijuana conviction, for which Lil Scrappy was sentenced to five years' probation. The terms of his probation required Scrappy to stay away from alcohol and illegal drugs.
In general, a first-time convict or someone convicted of a minor offense may be sentenced to probation. This means the convict can avoid prison, but will not have his complete freedom. For example, a judge can set the terms of probation and require any number of restrictions such as not drinking alcohol, staying away from marijuana, being home by a certain hour, and checking in regularly with a probation officer.
For his marijuana conviction, Lil Scrappy -- whose legal name is Darryl Richardson -- was reportedly ordered to stay away from both alcoholic beverages and marijuana, reports the Journal-Constitution. So even though an ordinary citizen could legally drink a beer in the privacy of his own home, the same rules would not apply to Lil Scrappy because of the terms of his probation.
For allegedly violating his probation, Lil Scrappy could be ordered to serve out the remainder of his sentence in prison. He'll need a good criminal defense attorney to help defend against the claims of probation violation or to help argue why Lil Scrappy should not be sent to jail.
Lil Scrappy's lawyer may try to argue that Lil Scrappy behaved relatively well the first four years of his five-year probation. The rapper is even planning to get married following a televised marriage proposal to the mother of his child -- though it should be noted that the proposal happened on stage as Scrappy's other girlfriend watched, reports the Journal-Constitution.
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