An attorney for Gibson made the “no contest” plea this morning in a Malibu courtroom, several weeks before the actor was scheduled to be arraigned. Gibson was not present.
Gibson pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving with an alcohol level of .08% or above. As part of a deal, two other charges — including driving with an open container of alcohol — were dropped.
Gibson’s attorney, Blair Berk, said when it comes to misdemeanor cases that she usually comes to court before the scheduled date. She said in her 15 years of going to the Malibu courtroom, none of her misdemeanor clients have appeared.
“This was an appropriate outcome, which addresses all the public safety concerns of drinking and driving,” Dist. Atty. Gina Satriano said in a statement.
According to the district attorney’s office, the 50-year-old actor and director must attend AA meetings five times a week for 4½ months and three AA meetings per week for the remainder 7½ months.