Amanda Bynes pleaded no contest today to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a collision with a patrol car in West Hollywood in April 2012.
In exchange for the plea to “wet reckless” – meaning reckless driving that was alcohol-related – Bynes was sentenced to three years’ probation and a three-month alcohol education class, according to the District Attorney's Office. Bynes, 27, had originally been charged with misdemeanor DUI.
“She was given the exact same penalty as a first-time DUI offender,” according to Jane Robison of the D.A.'s Office.
Bynes completed nearly six months of rehab in December, after being involuntarily hospitalized when her pants caught fire while she was setting a fire in a Thousand Oaks driveway.
Her mother -- who cited her daughter's paranoia, erratic behavior and wild spending habits as evidence that she needed professional help – was granted conservatorship following the incident.
A family lawyer told People magazine in December that the actress would be continuing outpatient treatment post-rehab.
The West Hollywood DUI charge was just one of a series of misdemeanor counts filed against the actress in 2012. She was charged in two separate hit-and-run incidents on Apr. 10 and Aug. 4 of that year and with two counts of driving on a suspended license by the City Attorney's Office. She is serving three years’ probation after pleading no contest to driving on a suspended license.
Bynes is best known for her
roles on Nickelodeon's All That and
The Amanda Show and films such as Hairspray, What a Girl Wants,
Easy A, She's the Man and Sydney White.
--City News Service