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Heather Locklear, Mugshot

Santa Barbara Police Department

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.)