Richie gets 4-day jail term for DUI
EmptyCelebrity socialite Nicole Richie was sentenced Friday to four days in jail for driving under the influence of drugs -- following her TV co-star Paris Hilton for a stint behind bars this summer.
Richie, 25, the daughter of singer Lionel Richie and Hilton's co-star on the TV show "The Simple Life," was sentenced after a brief hearing in Glendale Superior Court at which she pleaded guilty to the charge.
Richie was stopped by police in December after she was seen driving the wrong way on a Los Angeles freeway. It was her second charge of driving under the influence in four years and Richie could have been sentenced to a maximum one year in jail under California law.
She was given a 96 hour jail sentence with credit for six hours for time served and told to serve her time by Sept. 28. She was also fined $2,048, given three years probation and will have to attend a court-ordered rehab program for second-time offenders.
Police have said that when they questioned Richie at the time of her arrest she failed a sobriety test and admitted that she had smoked marijuana and taken the painkiller Vicodin.
The alcohol reference was dropped as part of Friday's plea deal with authorities.
Richie, wearing a black shift dress, arrived at court holding hands with her boyfriend, Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden. Celebrity magazines say she is three months pregnant by Madden but the pregnancy has not been confirmed.
Richie, who was calm inside court, left the building without speaking to reporters after a hearing which lasted about 30 minutes.
Glendale Superior Court Commissioner Steven Lubell told Richie that if she violated the terms and conditions of her sentence, "You are going to go to county jail for up to one year. You need to understand that."
"Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous," Lubell added.
Hilton spent three weeks behind bars last month for violating probation in a drunken driving case. Hilton's sentence made headlines worldwide and sparked fierce debate over whether celebrities are treated more harshly or more leniently than other.