Lamar Odom just cut a deal in his DUI case -- agreeing to plead "no contest" to the crime and in exchange he'll be on probation for the next 3 years ... TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... Odom was arrested in L.A. on August 30 at 3:25 AM after cops saw him driving too slow on the 101 Freeway. He flunked field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a blood alcohol test. He was ultimately charged with one count of DUI.
But today, Lamar struck a deal with prosecutors ... and in addition to 3 years of probation, he's required to complete an alcohol education class by June 9.
He's also been ordered to pay $1,814 in fines and fees.
Odom's driver's license was automatically suspended for one year for refusing to submit to the BAC test -- and that punishment will stand.
Home for the Holidays
After Release from Treatment Center
12/5/2013 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes has been sprung from the Malibu rehab facility where she'd been getting inpatient treatment for her mental illness.
As TMZ first reported ... Amanda's meds and counseling had stabilized her condition -- bipolar disorder and schizophrenia -- to the point where doctors felt she could be released to her mother's supervision.
According to the attorney for Amanda's mom -- the actress is now at her mother's house, and will still be receiving outpatient treatment.
Bynes had been at The Canyon treatment center since September ... following her stay at UCLA psych ward.
Amanda still has to deal with a DUI charge. As we told you, a judge has ruled her competent to stand trial ... though a plea bargain seems likely.
Judge Orders Psych Evaluation
What's In Dina's Head?
11/21/2013 9:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dina Lohan has something going on in her head, and the judge in her DUI case wants to know the contents ... because he just ordered a full psych evaluation.
Dina was in court this AM for her DWI case. Her lawyer, Mark Heller, claims she's alcohol free but the judge isn't necessarily buyin' what he's sellin'.
So now Dina has to get her head shrunk by a court-appointed shrink.
Lohan pled not guilty to DWI in Sept. ... after blowing a .20. Heller blamed Dina's legal predicament on the paparazzi ... claiming Dina is stressed out by the mob of photogs that follow her ... and that's what caused her to flee in a drunken state.
The judge did not impose a sentence today -- he'll wait for the psych report -- but he did say he's considering a stiff penalty -- revoking her driving privileges for 12 months ... and 100 hours of community service.
Lohan's next court date is Jan. 7.
Free & Clear After
Drunk BOATING Arrest
11/21/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
THAR SHE BLOWS!!! Erin Brockovich is officially in the clear after her BUI arrest this summer -- that's BOATING under the influence -- because she's finally paid up with the court.
TMZ broke the story, Erin was arrested on Nevada's Lake Mead in June ... after cops found her drunkenly piloting her boat, while allegedly slapping her husband and tossing a cell phone into the water.
Erin pled no contest to BUI, and was ordered to complete 25 hours of community service, a mandatory Boater Safety School, and pay a $750 fine ... all of which she did.
The case is now officially CLOSED. Congrats, Captain Brockovich.
Jake T. Austin
Cops Plea In DUI Case
11/20/2013 2:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Victory ... ex-Disney star Jake T. Austin has escaped DUI charges stemming from his arrest last month ... but he's not completely off the hook.
Austin was popped for drunk driving in October just blocks from his devastating 4-car crash this week.
Austin was initially charged with two counts of DUI, but his lawyer, Jay Jaffe, got the two charges dismissed in exchange for a measly speeding charge ... to which Austin pled no contest.
Austin was subsequently sentenced to 24 months probation ... a pretty steep punishment for speeding, but at least he won't have a DUI on his record. Austin is also prohibited from driving with even a teensy-weensy amount of alcohol in his system.
And get this ... the judge didn't utter a peep about the most recent accident.
One crash at a time ...
To Stand Trial
11/20/2013 12:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes is mentally capable of understanding the nature of the criminal charges she faces, and as a result the road is now clear for her to stand trial for DUI.
Amanda's case was in Mental Health Court this AM, and the judge read the court-ordered medical evaluation of the actress, and determined she is now competent to face the DUI charges.
Amanda's lawyer, Rich Hutton, did not object to the findings so the criminal case -- which was put on hold -- will now go forward.
Sources say the ruling will have NO impact on her conservatorship. Fact is ... even though Amanda is capable of understanding the nature of legal proceedings, she is nowhere close to being able to care for herself.
As for the DUI case ... no way will it go before a jury. It has plea bargain written all over it.
As we first reported ... Amanda has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Jake T. Austin
Stitches ... But No Snitches
11/20/2013 5:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-Disney star Jake T. Austin WAS the driver of the car that crashed into 3 other vehicles early Tuesday morning -- but because of some swift and clever legal gymnastics by his lawyer, Jake may actually avoid prosecution ... TMZ has learned.
Here's the way it went down -- sources intimately familiar with the situation tell TMZ, 18-year-old Jake and a friend were driving in Studio City around 3AM when he crashed into the 3 cars.
Witnesses say Jake tossed a Ciroc vodka bottle out of the car, but before cops arrived at the scene, we're told Jake ordered an Uber (Town Car service) ... and he and his friend high-tailed it out.
Cops suspect drinking was involved, but there's no way Jake could be prosecuted for drunk driving because police never located him. And, we're told, Jake denies he had been drinking.
But drinking aside, Austin is still in trouble for leaving the scene of an accident without providing identifying information ... which constitutes a hit-and-run. But Jake's lawyer pulled off some legal acrobatics that could get Jake off the hook.
We're told the lawyer called cops at 4am and told them Jake was the owner of the car. Cleverly, the lawyer did NOT disclose the fact that Jake was the driver ... so as not to violate the attorney-client privilege, especially important because leaving the scene is a crime.
And here's where it gets really good -- we're told Jake has an iron-clad excuse for leaving the scene: he and his passenger were injured and needed immediate medical attention. In other words, they didn't have time to leave a note.
We're told Jake had an injury to his mouth, and went directly to the ER and received stitches.
And the coup de grace, we're told Jake's lawyer has made it clear ... the victims will be fully compensated ... so there's really no need to prosecute.
The legal maneuvering might have saved the lawyer a huge headache on multiple fronts -- he's also repping Jake after the kid's DUI arrest last month.
Jake T. Austin
Arrested Last Month for DUI in SAME CAR
11/19/2013 11:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Where there's smoke ... TMZ has learned, Ex-Disney star Jake T. Austin was busted for DUI just last month in the SAME CAR that was involved in the 4-car hit-and-run crash this morning.
Law enforcement sources tell us, Austin was arrested October 8th by the CHP after being pulled over for driving at night without headlights. We're told police officers smelled booze as they approached his vehicle, administered a field sobriety test and Austin did poorly.
According to sources, 18-year-old Austin blew a .08 and was arrested. He has since been charged with DUI and has a court date scheduled for TOMORROW.
At the time he was busted, Austin was driving the 2010 Audi with New York plates -- the same car that slammed into multiple cars early this morning.
The driver allegedly threw a vodka bottle out of the car and then left before cops arrived. There's no way cops can arrest the driver for DUI, but it's definitely a case of felony hit-and-run.
An eyewitness just told us on TMZ Live ... she is "100%" that the driver of the hit-and-run is Austin. She says other witnesses are just as sure.
For Aggravated DUI
11/16/2013 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Stop us if this one sounds familiar -- one of the people from the ex-MTV show "Buckwild" was arrested this morning in West Virginia ... this time for a DUI.
Anna Davis -- who the show described as a "true wild child" -- was busted early Saturday morning for aggravated DUI.
It's unclear at this point why the DUI charges were elevated since a whole slew of things could have caused it ... but the same thing happened to her co-star Bluefoot earlier this year when he had a BAC higher than .15.
Anna was released hours later on a $1k pr bond -- meaning she didn't have to pay ... just promise to show up in court.
Stopped for Tinted Windows
Busted for Drunk Driving
11/9/2013 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Anthony Mackie -- who has appeared in numerous big movies including "8 Mile," "Hurt Locker" and "Gangster Squad," was arrested Saturday morning for drunk driving ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Mackie was driving in NYC at around 1:30 when cops pulled him over for tinted windows. We're told when they approached the driver's side they noticed Mackie had bloodshot, watery eyes and they smelled booze.
Mackie flunked several field sobriety tests and was then cuffed and taken to a nearby police station where he was booked.
Mackie refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test. For that, he'll have his license automatically suspended.
The Paparazzi Caused Her
To Drive Drunk
10/23/2013 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dina Lohan drove totally wasted and it's all because the paparazzi drove her to the bottle and then the steering wheel ... this according to her bizarre lawyer.
Dina and her lawyer, Mark Heller, appeared for a routine hearing in her drunk driving case, and then Heller offered up the indefensible defense.
Here's the argument ... Dina's lifestyle presents lots of challenges and stress, brought on by the barrage of photogs that follow her. Those stresses caused Dina to down enough alcohol to register a .20 blood alcohol level as she tooled down the road. Short story -- it's our fault, not hers.
You may remember Heller. He was literally run out of L.A. after getting fired in the Lindsay Lohan shoplifting case.
Heller hopes that the judge will take his argument under consideration in Dina's DWI case.
Hope springs eternal.
Heidi Fleiss Arrested
Driving While Stoned
Takes Terrible Mug Shot
10/22/2013 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Heidi Fleiss had a bad morning, REALLY BAD -- 'cause after she was busted for driving while high on weed ... she took one of the worst mug shots we've ever seen.
Cops say the 47-year-old former Hollywood she-pimp was tooling around Pahrump, Nevada around 3:30 AM in a 2010 Toyota Cruiser while baked on the green stuff.
During the stop, cops say they found 4 ounces of pot and $10k in cash.
Fleiss was eventually hauled to a nearby cop shop, where she was booked for DUI (marijuana), possession of weed with intent to sell, and driving without a license and insurance.
Heidi's penchant for pot is nothing new ... back in August, officials say they found nearly 400 POT PLANTS at her home. Fleiss said she was growing the weed for a cooperative in Vegas.
In fact, Heidi is scheduled to appear in court for the weed jungle case tomorrow.
She's gonna have some serious 'splainin' to do.
Police Release Arrest Video
Cuffed & Laughing
10/17/2013 12:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shooter McGavin ... popped yesterday in North Carolina for DWI ... has taken a starring role ... in a police video shot by the highway patrol officers who took him in.
The video was just released ... it shows Shooter -- AKA Christopher McDonald -- being booked in Wilmington, NC ... after his arrest early yesterday morning.
In the video, he walks into the station handcuffed ... he laughs and jokes with officers ... and then blows into a breathalyzer. Officers say he blew a .15 -- almost twice the legal limit.
At one point in the clip ... he leans on a counter ... to try to keep himself steady.
He was held at the station for a few hours ... and then released.