Amanda Bynes has seemingly dodged another bullet. The former Nickelodeon star of All That and The Amanda Show was stopped for drunk driving back in September, but the Los Angeles city attorney has decided not to pursue the DUI charge.
“After much deliberation and review,” the city attorney decided the charge won’t be pursued, however the actress isn’t off the hook completely–at least not yet.
“There was not enough evidence to provide a likelihood of conviction if filed,” City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljansaid in an interview with the New York Daily News.
The L.A. County D.A. has yet to decide on whether to seek a probation-violation hearing. Amanda Bynes was taken into custody at 3:00 in the morning back on September 28th, after allegedly running a red light and stopping in the middle of an intersection just outside of Los Angeles. She was first arrested for DUI in 2012, but managed to avoid serving any jail time by completing an inpatient treatment program. In early 2014, she was placed on three years’ probation for that case.
Amanda Bynes won't be prosecuted for DUI but could face probation violation http://t.co/3ZzyhlvvtO
— People magazine (@peoplemag) January 23, 2015
In the past year, however, mental illness seems to be the biggest caveat in Amanda Bynes’ life. She has suffered several delusional episodes in public, and publicly defamed her father–saying he sexually abused her.
Onlookers will likely have mixed feelings about the L.A. city attorney not pursuing DUI charges against Amanda Bynes. Will their decision alleviate the weight the girl is carrying on her shoulders, and make her feel less stressed–or will it simply convey the message that she got away with something she shouldn’t have done in the first place?
Perhaps if she faces the aforementioned probation violation instead, it will hit home that she isn’t above retribution. It’s uncertain what that punishment might be.