With the string of run-ins with the law over the course of last year, it was only a matter of time before country singer Randy Travis faced the music and the hammer of the judge's gavel.

The Grammy nominated singer was in court on Wednesday (Jan 9) for his DUI hearing - he was charged after being found driving while intoxicated in the town of Tioga, Texas, near his home on August 7. He was also accused of threatening to shoot and kill the state troopers who arrested him as he was being removed from the scen and taken to jail, Grayson County prosecutors said.

In a statement released the day after the hearing, it was revealed that Travis had consumed nearly twice the legal drinking limit in Texas, with blood alcohol level of more than 0.15 percent (the legal limit is 0.08). Should Travis be convicted in the follow-up hearing, he will face up to two years in jail and a $4,000 fine. He has yet to be charged for the comments made to the officers.

In February last year he was taken into police custody on suspicion of drink driving after he was found sitting in his car in the parking lot of a North Texas church. More recently, he was in court to face assault charges after he was accused of assaulting a man in another church parking lot in the Dallas suburb of Plano last August. Travis claimed he was acting in defence of a woman also on the scene during the alleged assault, and was told he faces a potential misdemeanour charge carrying a maximum $500 fine.