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Paris Hilton avoids jail time in felony drug possession case

Paris Hilton will avoid jail time after being arrested last month in Las Vegas on suspicion of cocaine possession under a plea deal announced late Friday.

Under the deal, Hilton will plead guilty to two misdemeanors, serve one year probation, pay a $2,000 fine and serve 200 hours of community service.

Hilton has denied that a purse in which the cocaine was found belonged to her. But she said that other items inside, including asthma medication, credit cards and $1,300 in cash, were hers, according to a police report.

Hilton was arrested with her boyfriend, Cy Waits, who was driving the black SUV stopped by police after officers said they smelled marijuana.

A police lieutenant found 0.8 grams of cocaine in a purse Hilton was carrying. She is expected to be charged with felony drug possession by Clark County prosecutors, based on the police report.

The plea agreement, obtained by the Las Vegas Review Journal, states that: "Defendant shall stay out of trouble. Defendant agrees that an arrest for any charge, excluding minor traffic violations for which a citation is issued, shall result in the immediate termination of her probation and the execution of the suspended sentences."

The paper quoted the district attorney as saying he hoped the deal would prompt Hilton to stay out of trouble.

-- Richard Winton and Shelby Grad

Photo: Paris Hilton. Credit: Las Vegas Police Department

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Gee, what a surprise.

I wonder how big the bribe was that kept her out of jail.

In a purse that did not belong to her, she claims to own 99.9 percent of the items in it, just not the drugs. Oh, how the rich and infamous lie and get away with it.

If this happened to you or me - serious jail time. A question of who owns the purse? Outragious - it's hers. No question about it. But because she has money coming out of every orifice she gets off with a slap on the wrist. And not much of one at that.

One word for Paris LIAR!

This is an absolute disgrace.

I cannot believe how these Hollywood airheads make such idiots of the law.

They pretty much do anything they want from drugs to drunk driving because the publicity makes them richer and the courts only slap their hands.

What a joke.

Hey if we were in her shoes, what would you do? Would you tell the judge: "please throw me in jail and don't give me special treatment just becasue I have money" Come on people, you would expect the same!!!

Lets get real. People come to Vegas to party. Everybody out here is wasted all the time. Paris had less than a gram of coke on her. Gee, she's a real bad person. You idiots like "my view means nothing" are about as stupid as anyone ive ever heard. Serious jail time? really? for .8 of a gram? youre an idiot. Nobody would get 5 minutes of jail time for that. In fact, she took a bad plea bargain BECAUSE she is famous.

The next time I get busted with drugs I'm gonna ask for the "Paris Hilton" plea bargain deal

O.K.---- It's time ALL "people" in jails and/or prisons for simple drug use(not sales, etc.) be released! Think of how much money our various govts. could save!
If it should be that "head counts" are needed to make these systems viable........perhaps, a few JUDGES would make good replacements?

If the police suspected of marijuana smell coming out of the SUV how come they didn't find any weed or smell of it in the vehicle?

Like all the other wealthy people in this country Paris is getting special treatment from Law Enforcement. Had she been a poor woman, White, Hispanic or black, she would have been appointed a Public Defender who would have done well to get her a plea deal where she did only half of the time for the offense. Parole, and Community Service? Isn't this arrest a violation of the Probation she got in California? If not, isn't this arrest proof that she is a poor rehabilitation risk? I mean drugs and alcohol charges are often used against a poor defendant to secure prison time. We are living in a society where there are laws for the poor and a different set of laws for the wealthy. That is not what the Founding Fathers envisioned for the USA, and it should not be accepted by the rest of society. Demand that the wealthy get treated the same as do the poor because we are all supposed equal under the law.


The downtown skyline will include the new GRAYBAR HILTON

Yep, if that would have been me....the justice system would have dug a hole under the jail and threw me in it !

LOSER. Incredibly rich loser, but a loser just the same.

Be it celebs getting off or illegal immigrants getting in, I'm so disappointed with our government not doing it's job.

Ok, if you're arrested in Las Vegas for 0.8 grams or less of cocaine possession, you can request the same deal that Paris Hilton got. Because she got away with it, you can, by court precedence, can request the same. If they deny it, you'll have a strong case for your release. That's how I read this case.

I wonder who got star-struck with this one! It's another one under Paris Hilton's belt for getting away with it. No wonder they think they can do anything they want and the law can't touch them. Do you blame them? She just proved it.

will she do the 200 hours of community service? I want to see her picking up trash on the side of a highway somewhere

So why no random drug testing like Lohan? And if the purse was not her's then why are the police not asking who's it is? People like the Hiltons are a disgrace.

I wonder how the poor person who lives west of the 15 fwy, also arrested for cocaine possession, fared. Time in prison plus felony conviction?

For those that think that this is a "light" sentence or that she got away with things because she is rich and famous, I beg to differ. As a criminal defense attorney, I am well acquainted with drug laws and sentencing. Often, a simple possession offense is eligible for probation, rehab, and alternative sentencing regardless of whether you are rich or poor. The sentence is not an unusual plea bargain for anyone. The suspended sentence hanging over her head carries a pretty big club if she were to violate probation. As to whether the offense violates her probation in CA, the answer is yes. However, it is up to the District Attorney in the CA county where she was previously granted probation as to whether a violation will be filed. Often , if the new case or violation is from a different jurisdiction, such as Nevada/Clark Co, the DA won't violate a summary probation out of LA County. Again, this is common regardless of wealth or fame.


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