Actress MISCHA BARTON will avoid jail by accepting a plea deal in her drink-driving case, according to new reports.
The former The O.C. star was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and driving without a license in February (08), following an arrest in West Hollywood in December (07).
But Barton will plead no contest to DUI at her arraignment in a Beverly Hills, California court on Thursday (10Apr08), according to People.com, and will, in return, serve a three-year unsupervised probation term.
The 22-year-old will also be fined $1,700 (#850) and face a three-month alcohol-education class.
The marijuana charge will be dropped and the driving without a licence charge will be reduced to an infraction, reports the website.