Celebrity socialite Paris Hilton, who had cocaine found in her purse when she was stopped by police last month, has now pleaded guilty to drug possession.
Hilton had denied the drugs belonged to her when discovered by police.
She will now be charged for misdemeanor offense of drug possession and obstruction of an officer and face a probation period of 1 year. Any arrest or criminal offence during the probation period will result in Hilton violating the probation ruling. She will also be put on an intensive substance abuse program to help her get off drugs.
Judge Bonaventure, who is in charge of Hilton’s case, commented “You have to understand that when you break the law here, there are consequences.”
The judge also ordered Hilton to pay a $2,000 fine and finish up to 200 hours of community service. However, she will not be required to report to a probation officer. Bonaventure further stated that such felonies are frequently reduced to misdemeanors for defendants with no criminal record.
Hilton’s lawyer, David Chesnoff, said “This is a typical negotiation. I know that Ms. Hilton is contrite and accepts responsibility for her actions.”
Paris Hilton has a past criminal record. She was arrested in 2006 following a drink driving incident, and an additional three times for subsequently driving on a suspended license. She spent two days in jail in June 2007.