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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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76.

Jennifer    

I'm not satisfied. I think the plea deal should include the following additional requirements: (1) that Mel-baby complete 40 hours of community service by cleaning toilets at the Holocaust Musuem or the Museum of Tolerance and (2) that he has to write a five paragraph essay on why calling women names, like "Sugar T**ts," is justifiably offensive to women.

2966 days ago
77.

Rose    

Mr. Mel Gibson ! should have gone to Jail! like everyone else that drinks and drive!!!!!!! suppose If he did kill someone, will he still get the same treatment? ALL BECAUSE HE HAS MONEY? REMEMBER IF IT WAS NOT FOR HIS FANS, HE WOULD BE POOR LIKE EVERYONE ELSE!! WAITING IN LINE AT THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE--WHY DO THESE PEOPLE GET SO MUCH MONEY? ALL THEY DO IS ACT, ENTERTAIN, READ THEIR LINES!! I THINK THEY SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE EVERYONE ELSE..- THEY ARE NO BETTER THEN NONE OF US IMPREFECT HUMANS!!. THINK ABOUT IT. WHY DO THEY GET A LOT OF MONEY AND BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY? WE ARE ALL THE SAME ONE WAY OR THE OTHER!!!!!!!!!!!

2966 days ago
78.

Rosey    

Mel Gibson didn't get a slap on the wrist. He drove drunk. Got caught and has been raked over the coals. Let him take his punishment and get off his back. As far as the comment about Betty Ford versas AA, people in rehab are told to go to AA. I've been sober 12 years. Thank god no Dui and public opnion.

2966 days ago
79.

Bob    

I agree with everyone that Mr. Gibson should not be shown any special treatment for his celebrity status, charities he supports, or being a spokesperson for the police in a commercial. He needed to address his drinking with rehab. as he's doing, attend AA meetings and get a sponsor. His loss of license for 90 days is lenient true enough, but five meetings a week in the halls is excessive. They claim success is measured by 90 meetings in 90 days, but I personally know it is up to the individual. The bottom line here is Mel shot his drunken mouth off about the wrong people. Jews are said to control everything from our government and all forms of media, to all the turmoil in the middle East. Islamics hate us for supporting Israel. We are the "Big Satan." So Mel was probably referring to this during his drunken tirade. Apology? Too little too late. They will not soon forget Mel. Eight hundred million dollars will allow Mr. Gibson to make his movies elsewhere, and stop groveling. Continued sobriety Mel! Bob

2966 days ago
80.

Christina    

Well I think it was a done deal , before It got started... If this happened to us a blue collar type of person. We would have got worse and probably be in jail right now .. But If we had money then WHO CARES RIGHT.... Hell Its only a thousand dollar , He makes that much in 10 minutes of fame...What happened if he would kill someone , or but someone in a wheel chair for life . Then How would he live with that by his money... or what if he would killed his daughter or a member of his family ... but it is like talking to a wall , with teenager children... and I really think where he got wasted at should be brought in charges too.. It only fair .. But If every man in our life time would be Mel Gibson, or should say when us blue collar person gets pulled over , then we all need to act like Mel ..lol and have a fat fancy lawlyer to get us out ..it is like taking candy from a baby ...

2966 days ago
81.

Mesa    

Tucson and kat
Haven't you heard of ARD for a first time conviction?
Everyone has that opportunity for a first offense.
Hopefully this will put him on the right track.
He shouldn't be treated any better than anyone else,
but also he shouldn't be treated any worse than anyone else for a first offense.

2966 days ago
82.

m    

All I know is I'll never look at Gibson the same way again. Just because he's so hot and sexy doesn't mean what he did should be forgotten. I am glad he got some sort of punishment. I really thought he'd get off.

2966 days ago
83.

John Gleason    

Your question on "is Gibson's sentence" fair yes, or fair no, is not right. If one answers "yes" that meaning is clear.
But if one replies "no" that could mean the sentence was too easy or too hard. It not fair, that could mean it was too hard. so the "no" replies should not count..

2966 days ago
84.

JOSEPH PERRONE    

MEL IS THE BEST AND BIG DEAL HE GOT CAUGHT,JUST THINK HOW MANY DON'T GET CAUGHT, I THINK THE ( MAN ) IS WONDERFULL AND I'D LOVE TO START A FAN CLUB! THEY HATE HIM BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T MAKE ANY MONEY FROM HIS GREAT MOVIE, AND ALL YOU J/O'S GO SEE YOURSELF, AND TAKE A BATH YOU STINK.

2966 days ago
85.

chablis    

please, the man is doing time, will get help and has apologized, leave it alone, as far as the name calling,
isnt eveyone fair game, honkey whitely, etc,,,this that and the other, , so go away on that issue and grow the heck up
a person has a right to their opinon on different matters, so give it up there, I respect and will defend everyones right to say what they feel, have you not watched cops and seen theose people go off on the videos?? please, no issues made there

now, lets talk about the aholes who dont give a darn, dont mend their ways and do kill people, and have been in court so many times for guzzling their courage that it sickens me.........now deal with that

2966 days ago
86.

Tom    

I'm a big fan of Mel Gibson but I feel that he, like most of the rich and famous, are not being held to the same standard as the rest of society. I am hopeful that he will see how serious his offense was and make a real effort to change his behavior.
"I cannot control the wind.....but I have learned to adjust my sails"

Good luck Mel

2966 days ago
87.

coco puff    

The message is clear. If you have money, you can get away with most anything, OJ proved that. Mel had his own little personal dream team and bought justice. I am not a Mel hater, but how can anyone argue that. The little guy has to pay a much greater price when he/she f*cks up. Taking in account that fines are no punishment, he should of got at least a 6 month license suspension.

2966 days ago
88.

Maria    

Special people continue to get special treatment. A family member of mine got crucified for her dui, but not good ol' Mel. A fee meetings, a chump change fine, and we're off and running again with the good life. Sorry excuse for a sentence, an even sorrier judge for not making an example of Hollywood's finest.

2966 days ago
89.

Bill Hagen    

What has this country USA sunk to and to think we lost 1,000s of men in WW2 fighting for freedom, and now we can't smoke in public, watch what we say, we may hurt some minoritys feeling and to think all those men died smoking and saying what they thought for nothing 50 yrs ago. And now get caught drinking driving and its world wide news, You call this freedom i would not want to tell all those who died for it to their face in WW2 or WW1.

2966 days ago
90.

fred    

do all you people who are so bent out of shape over this screw up by mel, get equally incensed about a certain beloved senior senator from massachussetts little "screw up" many years ago. the senator did NO jail time at all and least we forget, somebody DID die in his incident, or has the Mary Jo Kopechnie drifted out of everybody's minds. yet he keeps getting re-elected every time he runs. it seems like the type of folks who want to vilify mel have more than forgiven ted of a much more heinous act. if we are going to 'clean' things up, then let's clean it all, not just mel !

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