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Judge says Amanda Bynes doesn't need to pay $50,000 bail

September 19, 2012 |  1:35 pm
Amanda Bynes won't have to post bail

Amanda Bynes won't have to post $50,000 bail in her drunk-driving case, a Beverly Hills judge decided Wednesday despite a request from prosecutors noting she was subsequently charged with two hit and runs.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Elden Fox, who denied the bail amount, warned Bynes attorney Richard Hutton that his client -- whose license was suspended Aug. 25 -- should not drive.

Bynes, who was not required to appear in court Wednesday on the misdemeanor, will have her case heard Oct. 29.

Bynes was cited Sunday morning by the Burbank airport police for driving with a suspended driver's license. Her BMW was towed from the stop.

Her driver's license was suspended after authorities filed two hit-and-run charges against the actress earlier this month, in addition to the DUI.

Since her license was suspended Aug. 25, she reportedly has been spotted behind the wheel on numerous occasions. She was pulled over Sept. 9 by Los Angeles police, who said they saw her driving without her headlights on.

Officers did not check her license at the time and did not cite her.

On April 6, the 26-year-old actress was arrested about 3 a.m. after authorities said her black BMW struck the rear of a sheriff's vehicle. She was charged with driving under the influence after she refused a Breathalyzer or blood-alcohol test.

On Aug. 4, a motorist told police a vehicle driven by Bynes rear-ended and damaged her Toyota on Ventura Boulevard. The driver said Bynes stopped only briefly, declared there was no damage and drove off. Police said Bynes failed to provide insurance information or allow authorities to be called before she left.

She was also involved in a hit and run April 10, authorities said.

The Burbank city attorney's office said it has not yet received the case. But Bynes could face prosecution for driving with a suspended license.


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Photo: Amanda Bynes arrives at a Golden Globes after-party in Beverly Hills in 2009. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press