Paris Hilton free more than ever!
Reported by Las Vegas Sun / Edited by PHS
After paying a fine, attending drug counseling sessions and doing more than the amount of community service required — including picking up dog feces and painting over graffiti — Paris Hilton is back in good standing with the law in Las Vegas.
Satisfied Hilton had met the conditions of her informal probation set a year ago regarding a much-publicized, drug-related traffic stop on the Las Vegas Strip, Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure this morning formally closed her case.
She was represented during the short hearing today by one of her attorneys, Richard Schonfeld. Schonfeld brought in the documentation showing that she had fulfilled the requirements that Bonaventure sternly set for her a year ago, when he granted her probation for pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges.
“We ask that her informal probation be terminated honorably and the case be closed at this time,” Schonfeld said this morning during the hearing in Las Vegas Justice Court.
Deputy District Attorney Priyanka Sedlock also told the judge Hilton had met the conditions.
“She has stayed out of trouble, so the state has no objection,” Sedlock said.
Bonaventure said he had documentation that she had paid the $2,000 in fines.
He had also required that she attend an intensive substance abuse program. He said her attorneys have given him a letter from Hollywood Recovery Services in Los Angeles that indicated Hilton attended 15 individual counseling sessions, each lasting two hours.
“This indicates Miss Hilton was attentive, cooperative and fully engaged,” Bonaventure said. “The assessment here is that she understands the seriousness of the situation and the consequences of her actions.”
Bonaventure said the other requirement of her informal probation was to complete 200 hours of community service.
“I’ll note I have a report from Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles indicating 209 hours of community service,” Bonaventure said.
He said he also had a form from the Hollywood Beautification Team that indicates she performed 2.25 hours of community service painting out graffiti in Los Angeles.
“I have a report from the Animal Foundation indicating a number of hours of community service that was done locally here in Las Vegas,” he said.
Bonaventure said he had another report from Volunteers of America that she gave them five hours of community service in Los Angeles.
“This also indicates that Miss Hilton supplied some gifts to that organization,” Bonaventure said.
The judge said he also had a report indicating six hours of community service to The Race to Erase Multiple Sclerosis and another 3.5 hours to the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis’ Race to Erase Multiple Sclerosis Campaign.
“This is a total of 228 hours of community service. So she’s, in fact, done more community service than was ordered,” Bonaventure said. “The fine is complete. The counseling is complete. The community service is complete. Miss Sedlock, you said the state is satisfied that Miss Hilton did stay out of trouble, is that correct?”
“That’s correct,” Sedlock said.
“That does complete the requirements in this case. Accordingly, the convictions on the two misdemeanors stand. The case is closed today and that does complete Miss Hilton’s term of informal probation. This case is closed.”
Outside the courtroom, Schonfeld handed out a statement from his law partner, David Z. Chesnoff.
“As I anticipated Ms. Hilton fulfilled all obligations to the court and community ahead of schedule and has remained trouble free during her probation,” Chesnoff wrote. “For the past year she treated the situation with the seriousness that it deserved.”
Posted: September 20th, 2011
Time: September 20, 2011, 8:24 pm
Damn it! I can’t seem to upload the “When I’m 17” episode. Sorry guys, it has to wait for tomorrow!
Very happy for Paris! The probation is finally over. What a relief!
Time: September 21, 2011, 10:39 am
I’m so very proud of Paris!
She went above and beyond the requirements – good girl.
I hope that’s the last we ever hear of Paris running having run-ins with the law.
Heading a world-wide empire requires a certain amount of decorum and dignity.
( But she can still party when the occasion requires it LOL ).
From: Shosanna Dreyfus
Time: September 21, 2011, 12:56 pm
Very happy to hear that Paris’ probation is over and successfully completed and she can put the whole thing behind her.
I also hope it will be her last run in with the law (for her sake – not as a dig against her) and it’s good to hear that Paris has went above and beyond the terms of her community service and has helped out for so many worthy organisations.
Congratulations, Paris, and I hope the future is much happier and more successful for you, your dreams and your welfare.
Time: September 21, 2011, 1:48 pm
So proud of her for doing more than she was required to. Other celebs would not have done that. This just proves how serious and dedicated she is to turning her life around and staying within the law.