Friday, July 27, 2007

Nicole Richie Sentenced To 4 Days In Jail

Nicole Richie pleaded guilty to DUI and was sentenced to four days in jail on Friday in a Glendale, California courthouse. She also agreed to serve a three-year probation term, and must enroll in an alcohol education program. She was also fined $2,048. During the hearing, Los Angeles County Commissioner Steven Lubell admonished Nicole, saying: "Someone could've gotten killed. You need to understand that driving under the influence is extremely dangerous." Nicole was given the option of serving her time in a paid city jail, which is seen as a cushier facility than a county jail. She was given no surrender date, but must complete her jail time before September 28.

Nicole, with her hair pulled back and wearing a loose-fitting black dress, showed up promptly at 8:30 a.m. (PST) for the hearing, arm-in-arm with her boyfriend, Joel Madden, who was also dressed in all black. Prosecutor Carolina Lugo said outside the courtroom that Nicole's reported (and unconfirmed) pregnancy had nothing to do with the plea deal. "That was not discussed and we have no information about that."

Nicole was arrested on December 11 after being spotted driving the wrong way on an Los Angeles freeway, Nicole failed a field sobriety test and admitted to police that she'd smoked marijuana and took Vicodin earlier that evening. She was en route from Madden's home at the time. She was previously convicted of a DUI in June 2003. Although California law states that repeat DUI offenders get minimum of three months in jail, the sentence is reduced to only four days if the person accepts a three-year probation term.


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