03/04/2009 at 09:25 PM EST
Almost a month after Rihanna
was allegedly assaulted
in a domestic violence case, Chris Brown
has yet to be formally charged with any crime by prosecutors.
But he does have a standing court date Thursday in Los Angeles, and may be required to personally appear at the arraignment depending on whether the District Attorney's Office files a case against him.
Or not. The court date could be delayed pending more review: The DA could take more time to mull over the evidence or hand the case to the City Attorney for less serious charges.
Brown, 19, was arrested Feb. 8 after an alleged altercation with Rihanna, 21, in Los Angeles the morning before the Grammy Awards. Police booked him on a felony criminal threat charge, set an arraignment for Thursday, and launched an investigation.
Among the possible scenarios Thursday:
The DA could charge him with any number of felonies, among them, domestic violence and making criminal threats, each carrying a maximum three years in state prison. They could also file a combination of felonies and misdemeanors.
If charged with a felony, Brown will be required to personally show in court and could enter a plea.
If the DA doesn't file a case against him Thursday, Brown will not be required to show, and would be notified to return to court at a later date.
The DA could decline to file formal charges, and refer the case to the City Attorney's office for misdemeanor review, which could take days or weeks.