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Mel Gibson Cops a Plea

8/17/2006 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel GibsonTMZ has learned Mel Gibson's lawyer went to the Malibu Courthouse Thursday and appeared with the prosecutor to reveal a plea deal. Gibson has agreed to three years probation, but will avoid jail time. Gibson was ordered to attend one year of AA meetings. For the first four-and-a-half months he must attend five times a week. For the remainder of the time, he must attend three times a week. Gibson must also pay $1200 in fines and penalties as well as one hundred dollars in restitution.

Gibson volunteered to do a public service announcement on the hazards of driving under the influence. He also volunteered to enter a rehab program immediately.

Under the deal, Gibson pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor of driving with a .08 blood alcohol level or higher. The misdemeanor count of driving under the influence was dismissed. The infraction of driving with an open container of alcohol was also dismissed.

Under California law, Gibson will have his driver's license restricted for 90 days.

Gibson's lawyer initially went to Division 3, but Judge Terry Adamson refused to take the plea because she is a neighbor of Gibson's. The case was moved to Division 1 where Judge Lawrence Mira took the plea. A number of celebrities have passed through Mira's courtroom, including Nick Nolte, Nicole Richie, and Kim Delaney.

Gibson was not in court for the plea.

Click here to check out the plea bargain documents



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61.

Manny Blanco    

Mel Gibson's problem is not so much that he is a drunk. He has used that as an excuse to hide the animal called Anti-Semitism. He is using his celebrity status to get away with what other's would be arrested for regarding hate crimes. I can only say people like him are what hurt the world and cause the various Races and Religions not to get along. I will say that we as Americans and those of the Jewish Faith of which I belong must always keep on our hearts and minds, "Never again." Never again will we allow what happened in the Holocaust to happen. Mel Gibson does like Jewish people. That is his choice but to act in public as he did is a disgrace. Mel Gibson has no class. No amount of money he donates will ever change that he is Anti-Semitic as is his father.

Sincerely,
Manny Blanco
masontruth@aol.com

2888 days ago
62.

Manny Blanco    

Mel Gibson's problem is not so much that he is a drunk. He has used that as an excuse to hide the animal called Anti-Semitism. He is using his celebrity status to get away with what other's would be arrested for regarding hate crimes. I can only say people like him are what hurt the world and cause the various Races and Religions not to get along. I will say that we as Americans and those of the Jewish Faith of which I belong must always keep on our hearts and minds, "Never again." Never again will we allow what happened in the Holocaust to happen. Mel Gibson does like Jewish people. That is his choice but to act in public as he did is a disgrace. Mel Gibson has no class. No amount of money he donates will ever change that he is Anti-Semitic as is his father.

2888 days ago
63.

jaz    

the court system needs to cut him some slack cause thats what they do with everyone else, they just want to pump him for his money and belittle him; i hope with all this money they get they spend it wisely.

2888 days ago
64.

John Dev    

After the spectacle of that windbag sheriff Baca on TV saying that Gibson got no special treatment we find that a plea bargain was made which dropped some of the charges. Not mentioned is that fact that the charge of running away from the officer wasn't even filed. Wouldn't that be a felony if you or I did that? Not mentioned is the fact that a charge wasn't even filed for driving 87 MPH in a 45 zone. Wouldn't that be a felony if you or I did that? The whole law scene in Los Angeles County stinks to high heaven. The officer who stopped Gibson appears to have been sold out too.

2888 days ago
65.

JOAN    

MEL, YOU HAVE BEEN SO BLESSED, WHY CAN'T YOU JUST LAY YOUR PROBLEMS AT JESUS' FEET, HE IS THE SAVIOUR AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING, YOU NEED TO PRAY BELIEVEING WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND IT WILL BE. REMEMBER JESUS SAID " FORGIVE THEM FATHER FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO". WHO ARE WE TO ACCUSE OR BLAME ; WE ARE NOT THE JUDGES. ONLY GOD. BE STEADFAST WITH THE LORD,THROUGH HIM ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. SO FORGIVE 70 X 7 AND GET ON WITH THE WORKS THAT THE LORD HAS INSTORE FOR YOU . KEEP THE FAITH/ FROM PALM COAST- A FELLOW BELIEVER

2888 days ago
66.

Thomas A. Voight    

It is way past time to put a stop to the law breakers deciding what their sentence should be. This should be done by we the people, meaning the majority and the judge should honor the wishes of the majority and impose the will of the people on the law breakers. Tom

2888 days ago
67.

Ally    

I like Mel Gibson... and with this thing going on I will still like him... Yes people make mistakes but enough already. you all are ( the media) making him out to be the worst person there is... And he is not.. There are far more worst people out there... DUI's happen everyday and people do get passed it... Take it from me... My brother has been through everything Mel Gibson has been through... except being hounded by the press... and he ( my brother) has been sober for 3 years


so I think he was treated fairly



Good luck Mel Gibson... I hope everything goes well

2888 days ago
68.

jay    

I believe that when you are put on probation for an alcohol offense you aren't allowed to drink while you are probation. Either we will play favorites with yet another of our millionaires, or Mel should be locked up within a few months anyway.

2888 days ago
69.

Sheila    

Unbelievable... 90 DAYS RESTRICTED LICENSE ! One of my relatives had absolutely NO driving privileges for 3 months except to drive back and forth to work, and was taken away to jail for the night at his FIRST DUI.
Where is the justice ?

2888 days ago
70.

Roger Dunlap    

He just spoke what most Americans think about Israel. So he got a slap on the hand and the rest of yall got jail time. It goes by what your boa is. If you're .08 you had one drink. If your .24 a normal person would have passed out 6 drinks back so you must be in hard core training for AA meetings and you probably need a few days to sober up and a few years of sentence hanging over your head to get your attention. GO MEL!!

2888 days ago
71.

LESLIE    

I LOVE MEL NO MATTER WHAT HE DOES REMEMBER PPL DONT JUDGE BECAUSE MOST OF YOU DO THE SAME THING YOU JUST ARENT FAMOUS LIKE HE IS AND YOU DONT GET CAUGHT . SO REMEMBER WHAT YOU DO AND DONT WORRY ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD AND JUST LIVE RIGHT FOR YOURSELF AND MAYBE NOONE WILL JUDGE YOU

2888 days ago
72.

coco puff    

Who makes the laws in California ( AKA: the left coast ) ? Melvin tells the valet he's f***ed up, gets in his car, flys's past a cop over 80 mph, tries to flee from a arrest, and what? Give him a restricted drivers license!! Sh*t, I wouldn't want him driving golf balls! I agree the comments about him getting off easy, but really, I think you guys are commenting to easy. This only real punishment for him, the one that would hurt, would of been a long license suspension and probation. Fines mean nothing when your a multi-millionaire.

2888 days ago
73.

Elizabeth    

Mel is a regular guy who messed up. The media insists on making a huge deal of this because the media is run by a bunch of Jews. Media get over it.

2888 days ago
74.

andrea    

Why is it every time a person says something against the Jews AOL removes it.

2888 days ago
75.

mo    

MADD is the one that has these laws in effect. What overkill! Maybe if law enforcement spent time going for the crooks the courts wouldn't be so overcrowded.

Good for Mel. Too bad for the folks that don't concentrate on the important issues.

To the lady that said Mel is not a Christain, I guess she knows......................
Let ye that have not sinned cast the first stone......................

PS Studies on accidents say that DUI is the cause of 40% of accidents, the other 60% is stupdity. Too bad being stupid is not against the law!

2888 days ago
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