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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mischa Barton Avoids Hard time in DUI Case

Mischa Barton will accept a plea deal in her DUI case, sparing her any jail time, a source tells PEOPLE.

The former O.C. star will plead no contest to DUI at her arraignment Thursday in Beverly Hills court, and agree to serve a three-year unsupervised probation term, the source says.

“That has always been the plan, but we don’t know exactly how the deal will go down,” the Barton insider said.

Barton will also be sentenced to a three-month alcohol-education class, and pay a fine of approximately $1,700. In addition, a marijuana possession charge against the actress will be dropped, due to the small amount found. Another charge of driving without a license will be reduced to an infraction, according to the source.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office would not comment on the case.

The terms of the plea deal, negotiated by Barton’s lawyer Anthony V. Salerno, are expected to be signed off on by the court Thursday. Such a deal is common for first-time offenders.

Barton was arrested in the early morning hours of Dec. 27 in West Hollywood after officers spotted her SUV straddling two lanes and pulled her over when she failed to signal before making a left turn. She was booked at the nearby sheriff’s station and released at 10:10 a.m. the following morning after posting $10,000 bail.

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