Actress Jaime Pressly will avoid jail time after pleading no contest to California drunk driving charges last week. Instead, the My Name is Earl actress, 34, was sentenced to three years of informal probation, according to media reports.
In addition to probation, Pressly is also required to attend a six-month alcohol education class and must have an ignition interlock device installed on her car. For drivers who are not familiar with these devices, they are designed to prevent drivers from operating a motor vehicle when they have a measurable amount of alcohol in their systems.
As detailed on this blog, the actress had previously pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from her January 5 arrest in Santa Monica after a failed field sobriety test. Pressly reportedly had a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.22 percent, significantly more than legal limit of 0.08 percent. Prosecutors had charged the actress with driving under the influence as a misdemeanor offense.
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