Eve Reaches Plea Deal in Drunken-Driving Case

The rapper escapes jail time and is ordered to pay fines and stay sober

In a plea agreement, rapper Eve admitted Thursday to drunken driving when she smashed her Maserati. She was ordered to pay fines and stay sober, but spared jail time.

The rapper, whose full name is Eve Jeffers, 28, did not attend the Los Angeles court hearing. Through her attorney, Blair Berk, she entered a no-contest plea and admitted to driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol level or higher in the April 26 crash in Hollywood.

“She’s a very gifted artist and she is treating this with appropriate seriousness,” Berk tells PEOPLE.

As part of the deal, the prosecutor dropped two other misdemeanor charges of driving impaired and driving without proof of insurance.

Under the plea, Eve must spend 45 days with an alcohol-monitoring device on her ankle and attend a series of classes for first-time drunken-driving offenders.

She was also fined $1,400 and placed on three years’ informal probation.

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