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"Laguna Beach" Star Pleads Guilty in DUI Case

7/5/2007 5:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jessica SmithThe attorney for Jessica Smith, former star of MTV's "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County," plead guilty to misdemeanor DUI on Monday. Smith was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to attend one MADD meeting and serve 80 hours of community service.

Smith was charged back in March, after the car she was driving slammed into the back of an Acura, causing "great bodily injury" to people in both cars. The CHP report said that her level of intoxication, unsafe speed and wet roadways were conditions that led to the crash.

Smith amassed fines and penalties totaling more than $1,300.

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just me    

Jessica is only 19 years old and a whopping 40% of alcohol related deaths in vehicle accidents involve teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 years old. This teen's DUI accident caused "great bodily injury to people in both cars." Seems Jess had about as near a miss as she could get to the worst, a "DUI with fatalities" and a charge of vehicular manslaughter. If thinking about that doesn't sober her, then she might also consider the fact that a "DUI with serious bodily injury" is counted as a crime of violence in California and counts as a strike under California’s "three strikes" law. The third strike in California doesn't have to be a crime of violence or even a serious felony, a felony petty drug possession or even a felony petty theft like shoplifting, just about anything more serious than jaywalking, will get her a mandatory extended prison sentence, a 20 years to life sentence with virtually no exceptions. She now has "strike one."

I think the judge dropped the ball in this youngster's case. The punishment he sentenced her to appears sufficient for the crime but he made no attempt to help this young lady, to assure, as best a judge can, that Jess will not get an alcohol related second strike similar to this. In addition to the 36 months probation, ordering her to attend 36 AA meetings would have been a good measure of help. And in addition to the 80 hours of community service, ordering her to spend 80 hours in an alcohol rehabilitation program would have been another good measure of help. But ordering Jessica, as this judge did, to attend "one MADD meeting" seems about the least help possible.

Sometimes, more than punishment, young people with a drinking problem need help getting their lives straightened out. This judge could have given her the nudge she needs, he could have helped her, and I think it is sad Jess did not get that.

2562 days ago
17.

Larry    

Any mention of rehab?

2562 days ago
18.

Playne Jayne    

It is already too late... she hurt INNOCENT people because she was stupid AND the state of CALIFORNIA for allowing her to operate a vehicle... These spoiled sluts need to be taught a serious lesson BEFORE THEY KILL SOMEONE'S FAMILY....

Sad part is if they do end up killing someone the California court system favors the rich and probably get Community Work hours instead of jail time... Just look what happened to Brandy when she was driving badly and not under the influence...She killed and hurt people with her SUV, did she go to jail... nope.
I pray that Family sues her for every penny she has for her own stupidity and any other family takes these self proclaimed sluts for all their daddies are worth.

2562 days ago
19.

Josh    

I got some community service she can do. know what I mean?

2562 days ago
20.

Those Bracelets Aren't From Tiffany    

What's with the slap on the wrist? Isn't she under the age of 21? If so, she needs to go to jail because she was engaging in underage drinking, which is a breach of the law, driving under the influence, which is also a breach of the law AND she caused serious bodily injury to the people in the vehicle she hit, while also causing extensive property damage to their vehicle and presumably to her vehicle. I agree with Jailbird. Jessica committed a felony (if not more than one), so why is she getting away so easily with 3 years probation and a fine? A crappy MTV reality show - that's how and why!

Sad part is, she seemed to be one of the more sensible girls on the series. I think she found a really wrong and very irresponsible way to try to bring her name back into the press. Now she and Jason actually have something in common.

2561 days ago
21.

mk    

Californias really cracking down Good for them
its about time people understand the ramifications of driving drunk
i mean at one time or another we all have but i would never get in a car intoxicated and drive its a bad decision
once you make that choice you need to know the consequences if you hurt someone or yourself
no one is exempt !

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