Paris Hilton by Denise Truscello/WireImage.com
has been sentenced to 45 days in jail, and begins her sentence on June 5. Hilton, who arrived at least 20 minutes late, testified on her own behalf at court today (May 4, 2007) about why she was stopped twice for driving on the same suspended license. The Los Angeles City Attorney prosecutors had wanted Paris Hilton to spend 45 days in jail for driving on a suspended license. The city attorney argued that since it was the second time she'd been stopped, it was a flagrant violation of law: She knew she was not supposed to be driving. They didn't buy her argument that she was just following her attorney's assumption that she had a right to drive. Hilton's license had been suspended for a charge of alcohol-related (DUI) reckless driving. She was sentenced to 36 months probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines. She was stopped by CHP January 15 and by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department February 27. Hilton was required to enroll in an alcohol education program within 21 days of a court-dictated order, but she didn't do it. Prosecutors also requested that Hilton be monitored for alcohol consumption for 90 days, by "use of a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) device at her expense" (
star Tracy Morgan is currently using a SCRAM).
More on this story as it develops... Tune in to the TV Guide Channel this weekend for a new special about this case,
Paris Hilton: Slammer Time , debuting Saturday, May 5, at 11 am/ET.