Posted on Fri May 24, 2013 03:30 PM PDT
Over the last 24 hours Amanda Bynes has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence in New York, but her legal woes could continue if prosecutors in California determine that she is in violation of her probation.
As you may know, Bynes was put on three years of summary probation earlier this month for driving on a suspended license, and Burbank District Attorney Denny Wei tells X17online.com that if the 27-year-old starlet is found to be in violation of her probation, she could face a maximum of 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine!
Wei tells us that a prosecuting agency (i.e., NYPD) will generally mail or fax a report to inform the DA that someone may be in violation of their probation, and from there the DA's office will review the case and decide whether they want to file a motion.
However, Wei says the DA's office has yet to receive any such report from New York, and generally they wait until there has been a conviction, at which point they "will take the appropriate action." Furthermore, the DA's office may not even decide to do anything until the New York case is finished, and though they could file before there is a conviction, they would need to present evidence of an actual violation. At this point, they have nothing, so it seems like Bynes might be safe for a while.
"We will treat this case like any other case -- it won't be handled any differently," Wei added. As far as jail time, 6 months is the maximum sentence, but due to overcrowding in jail (and the fact that this would be Bynes' first violation), it's highly unlikely that she will spend a significant amount of time behind bars. However, if she doesn't show up to her court date, she could be in big trouble on both coasts.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Neil Ross warned Bynes this morning that if she missed her July 9 hearing, an arrest warrant would be issued and he would set “very significant bail.”
Check out the video below to see Bynes in court today:
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