The new year is bringing a clean slate for Heather Locklear.
E! News has confirmed that Santa Barbara prosecutors have dismissed a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence after the actress pleaded no contest to a lesser charge stemming from her Sept. 27 arrest.
The plea, for misdeameanor reckless driving, was entered by attorney Blair Berk.
Locklear was fined $700 fine, placed on informal probation for three years and ordered to attend a 12-hour drug-education program, according to the Santa Barbara District Attorney.
The once and possibly future Melrose Place star was charged with DUI on Nov. 17 after a somewhat lengthy investigation into her roadside arrest.
—Additional reporting by Ashley Fultz
(Originally published Jan. 2, 2009 at 10:28 a.m. PT.)