Brad Renfro is heading down the straight and narrow pathway once and for all. At least, he is if he knows what's good for him.
The Client star has been found eligible to enter a drug-diversion program that, if he stays out of trouble, will keep him out of jail for his December heroin bust.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dorothy Reyes made the decision on Monday after reviewing Renfro's case. Under California law, non-violent offenders can avoid doing time if a judge so deems.
The program typically involve residential or outpatient treatment as well as mandatory attendance of a drug-education course. Shortly after his Dec. 22 arrest, Renfro voluntarily entered a live-in drug treatment program, where he stayed for more than a month. He will continue his treatment as an outpatient, according to his lawyer.
If the actor successfully completes the terms of his sentence, the charge will be dropped.
The Renfro ruling comes just two weeks after the former child star struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to charge of attempted heroin possession stemming from an LAPD drug sting.
His freedom remains contingent on him not violating the terms of his three-year probation. Should he relapse or miss treatment, Renfro could face up to 18 months in prison.
The Apt Pupil star will also be required to undergo random testing during his probation as well as attend monthly progress reports, beginning Apr. 4. But he'll be back in court sooner than to take care of other business.
Renfro is on the docket for Tuesday for a separate pretrial hearing on charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.
Of course, he knows a thing or two about courtrooms--and we're not talking about his starring role in The Client.
In 2002, Renfro was ordered to enter rehab after being arrested for driving without a license and public intoxication. Both charges violated the terms of his probation in a 2001 case where he tried to steal a yacht in Fort Lauderdale.
Back in 1998, when he was just 15, Renfro was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana, but again managed to avoid jail time after striking a deal with prosecutors.