Nicole Richie's DUI Court Date Delayed
Richie, who faces jail if convicted of DUI, is granted a three-week postponement
Nicole Richie on Tuesday was granted a three-week postponement before she stands trial on DUI charges in Los Angeles.
But judge Steven Lubell, who set a new trial date of July 11, said he’d allow no further delays, Reuters reports. He had already postponed the original trial from June 25 at Richie’s lawyers’ request.
“She has two options: Either she goes to trial or she changes her ‘not guilty’ plea,” Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, told Reuters.
Richie, 25, was not present at the hearing Tuesday. Because of a prior DUI conviction in June 2003, by California law, she faces mandatory jail time (90 days to one year) if convicted of a second DUI within 10 years.
But Robison said Richie’s case would not be affected by the media frenzy surrounding Hilton’s jail term. “For us it’s taken on a case-by-case basis,” she told Reuters. “That’s a different office, different jurisdiction. It has nothing to do with this case.”
Richie pleaded not guilty in February to driving under the influence on Dec. 11. Officers had stopped her after she was spotted driving the wrong way on a Los Angeles highway, and police said she’d admitted to smoking marijuana and taking Vicodin.