St. Louis fans of Amanda Bynes might be interested in learning that she recently accepted a plea deal for a DUI charge she received in June 2012 in connection with an incident that took place in April of the same year. As part of her recent agreement, she entered a no-contest plea for a reckless driving charge on Feb. 24. The DUI charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement.
A doctor was called in to evaluate Bynes and report to the court regarding her mental condition, which delayed her DUI case. In November 2013, the case was put back on the docket when she was found competent to stand trial by a judge. Last year, Bynes was placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold following a highly-publicized incident in a neighbor’s driveway in July 2013.
In April 2012, Bynes reportedly sideswiped a police car with her BMW in West Hollywood. In that incident, the actress was charged with DUI. Over the next several months, she was also charged with driving with a suspended license and two hit-and-run charges. Eventually, all of those charges were dropped. In addition, she was facing a criminal case in New York in connection with an incident in which she allegedly tossed a bong out of the window of her Manhattan apartment. In January, that charge was also dropped.
Amanda Bynes accepted a plea deal in order to resolve a DUI charge. There are several reasons why a defendant might agree to such a plea bargain: One is that it is a way to avoid a trial while another is that a prosecutor may offer something in exchange for a no contest or guilty plea such as dropping or combining charges or a reduction in penalties. If a defendant and his or her criminal defense attorney feel that the case can be won in court, it might be preferable to take the case to trial.