Once again another Hollywood elite manages to beat the rap. Anyone else would do 18 months minimum jail time. Paris Hilton gets one year of probation. Yet another travesty of justice which only serves to prove that indeed there are two sets of rules. Rules for the wealthy, and rules for the rest of us.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the heiress will avoid jail time in her felony cocaine possession case with a plea agreement. Hilton is expected to plead guilty to misdemeanor drug possession and misdemeanor obstructing an officer on Monday. The plea deal will land the socialite a year of probation.
Hilton was arrested on August 27 in Las Vegas after the SUV she was riding in was pulled over and police found 0.8 grams of cocaine in her purse. She later claimed the purse didn’t belong to her and blasted rumors surrounding her case.
Under the conditions of the plea agreement obtained by the Review-Journal, Hilton will face a year in jail if she is arrested during her probation for anything besides a minor traffic violation. The heiress is also required to pay a $2,000 fine, complete a substance abuse program and carry out 200 hours of community service.
“There are very strict limits on her future conduct. We will not have to litigate whether she was convicted of the charge or whether the charge was a major or minor offense,” Clark County District Attorney David Roger said, referencing the consequences if Hilton steps out of line again.
“Ms. Hilton understands the seriousness of the situation and appreciates the chance she is being given,” the socialite’s lawyer David Chesnoff told The Associated Press. “She has to stay out of trouble.”
The plea deal caps off a summer of legal drama for the heiress. Hilton was detained in South Africa in July at the World Cup for suspected possession of marijuana but didn’t face charges when another member of her posse was found to be smoking.