Nicole Richie Enters Not Guilty Plea to California DUI

By Mary Ann

Nicole Richie’s lawyer appeared on her behalf and entered a plea of not guilty in Richie’s California DUI case. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for April 2.   She was arrested in December after a 911 caller reported seeing her car heading the wrong way on a freeway in Burbank California. Richie volunteered that she had smoked marijuana and taken the prescription painkiller Vicodin. She was arrested after failing a field sobriety test.

Richie is facing her second DUI conviction. She has a prior DUI conviction in June 2003. California law specifies that if convicted of DUI twice within 10 years, a person can be sentenced to between 90 days and a year in jail, fined between $390 and $1,000, and have driving privileges suspended.