August 18, 2006 03:10:15 GMT
Mel Gibson pleads no contest to DUI.
A plea agreement with prosecutors has been reached in the drunk-driving case involving Mel Gibson. And so, instead of being sent behind the bar, the actor-director indeed was sentenced to three years probation, fined $1,300 and ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and enroll in what was described as a three-month-long "alcohol-abuse program."
Gibson did not attend the court Thursday August 17th when the probation was granted. His lawyer Blair Berk, entered the plea on his behalf before Malibu Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira.
Under the terms of the plea deal, Gibson was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings five times a week for four and a half months and three AA meetings per week for an additional seven and a half months. He, in addition to all, also had his license restricted for 90 days.
In exchange for the no contest plea to the charge of driving while having a .08 percent or higher blood-alcohol content, the two remaining charges, of driving under the influence and having an open container of liquor in his car, were dismissed.