Paris Hilton Gets Plea Deal in California DUI

By Mary Ann

Paris Hilton resolved her DUI case by pleading no-contest to reckless driving in Los Angeles California. Hilton’s lawyers slipped into court and entered a plea on her behalf to the reduced charge of alcohol-related reckless driving. She was sentenced to 36 months probation, ordered to undergo alcohol education, and pay $1,500 in fines.

Hilton was arrested in September 2006 and charged with DUI. Her blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.08 percent, matching the legal BAC limit for DUI in California. Hilton claimed to have had one margarita at a charity event, after working but not eating all day.

A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is equivalent to a guilty plea for determining sentencing. Allowing a driver, charged with DUI, to plead to a lesser charge is standard practice for most DUI offenders who have a BAC at or near the legal limit for DUI.

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