California movie star & drunk driving defense lawyer news
With the help of a smart DUI defense lawyer, this wiseguy decided to cut a deal.
Ray Liotta pleaded no contest to alcohol or drug-related reckless driving Wednesday stemming from his run-in with two parked cars earlier this year, and as a result a pending California DUI charge against him was dropped.
For the misdemeanor, the Goodfellas star was sentenced to three years' probation, ordered to complete a short alcohol education program and fined $300.
He has also agreed to pay restitution to the owners of the vehicles he hit on Feb. 17 near his home in Pacific Palisades, California. No injuries were reported.
A witness to the accident called 911, and police said at the time the Unlawful Entry villain, who had remained at the scene, was cooperative. He was taken into custody, booked on suspicion of a California DUI and released after posting $15,000 bail.
At the time, Liotta was found to be under the influence of prescription medication, which his attorney said the 52-year-old actor was taking for a sports-related injury. A mixture of treatments made him drowsy and was therefore responsible for his impaired driving, according to the California DUI criminal defense lawyer.
Liotta's hearing may have slipped under the radar because California DUI criminal defense attorney Blair Berk happened to be juggling high-profile court dates, her other client being with Kiefer Sutherland, who was sentenced to 48 days in jail for his September DUI arrest Wednesday afternoon and subsequently checked in to start serving the time.