Paris Hilton sentenced to 3 years on probation for drunk driving

Paris Hilton was sentenced to three years' probation yesterday after pleading no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving.

Hilton, 25, was not present in the Los Angeles Superior Court and entered the plea through her lawyers. She was also fined $495 and ordered to attend an alcohol-education program.

Hilton, arrested in Hollywood in September after police spotted her luxury car being driven "erratically", was originally charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol level over California's legal limit of .08.

Hilton was given the option of reducing her probation to 24 months instead of three years if she attended a 40-hour community service program, informs Herald Sun.

According to CBS News, Hilton did not appear in court. The plea was entered by her attorneys, Howard Weitzman and Shawn Chapman Holley, the city attorney's office said.

Judge Michael Sauer also ordered her to attend an alcohol rehabilitation program and imposed other conditions. He gave her the option of reducing her probation to 24 months if she completed 40 hours of community service. No immediate decision was made on that option.

On Jan. 9, an attorney for Hilton entered a not guilty plea on behalf of the hotel chain heiress to charges related to her September drunk driving arrest in Hollywood. Hilton was not present at the arraignment, where her lawyer entered the pleas on two misdemeanor DUI counts.

Police say Hilton was arrested after officers saw her "driving erratically" and pulled her over for a field sobriety test. She reportedly told officers that she'd had just one cocktail on an empty stomach and that she was on her way to a burger stand when police stopped her.

Hours after the arrest, Hilton, seemingly unaware she'd been arrested, called Ryan Seacrest's radio show to say the whole drama was "nothing."

"Everything I do is blown out of proportion," Hilton said. "It really hurts my feelings."

Per Hilton, she'd had one margarita at the charity bash, jumped into her car ("which is a little fast") and headed off in search of sustenance.

Hilton dismissed the notion that she was intoxicated, or that she was driving as if she were intoxicated.

"I was just really hungry, and wanted to have an In-N-Out Burger," the former Carl's Jr. pitchwoman said on the Seacrest show, informs E!Online.

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