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Nicole Richie's lawyer enters not guilty plea in DUI case

Nicole Richie's lawyer enters not guilty plea in DUI case

Nicole Richie pleaded not guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence.
Richie, the 25-year-old daughter of pop singer Lionel Richie, was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and an unspecified drug when she was arrested Dec. 11, the complaint says.
Richie, who starred in the TV reality show "The Simple Life" with Paris Hilton, was not required to appear because the charge is a misdemeanor. Her lawyer appeared instead.
She was arrested after people told police about a car headed the wrong way on a freeway. She was found alone in her SUV, which was stopped in a carpool lane but facing the right way when officers arrived. She failed a field sobriety test.
Richie volunteered that she had smoked marijuana and taken the prescription painkiller Vicodin, but no drugs were found on her or in the car, police said.
In addition to the single count, the Richie case contains an allegation that she had a prior misdemeanor DUI conviction in 2003.
The California vehicle code specifies that if convicted of DUI twice within 10 years, a person can be sentenced to between 90 days and a year in jail and have driving privileges suspended.