The Los Angeles attorney’s office has recommended that heiress Paris Hilton be jailed for 45 days for violating terms of her probation from a drunk driving incident. In addition, prosecutors want Hilton to be prohibited from consuming alcohol for 90 days, wear a monitoring device to ensure she complies and have her license suspended for an extra four months.
Last January Hilton pleaded no contest to reckless driving in a case stemming from a September California DUI arrest. She was sentenced to 36 months probation, required to attend alcohol education classes and fined $1,500.
Two additional traffic stops eventually led to the charge of probation violation. Hilton was stopped by the California Highway Patrol in January and informed that she was driving on a suspended license. Records show she signed a document acknowledging she was not to drive. Then in February she was stopped at 11:00 pm for speeding with her vehicle’s headlights off.
Though both Hilton and her spokesperson claim that she did not know her license was suspended, prosecutors point to the document signed in January. Attorney’s for the city also state that Hilton has yet to enroll in court mandated alcohol education classes.
The LA attorney’s office filed its recommendations in Superior Court, which will be reviewed by a judge during a probation violation hearing on Friday. Hilton will be required to be in the courtroom. The judge can accept the recommendations or impose a different penalty. The judge would also be able to decide where Hilton would be incarcerated if a jail sentence is meted out. Hilton has the legal option of requesting the jail of her choice and, if accepted by the judge, paying the costs associated with her incarceration.
The city attorney said that Hilton is not getting special treatment. The maximum jail penalty for this type of probation violation is 90 days.