Amanda Bynes Charged With Hit and Run

Actress faces up to one year in jail or a $2,000 fine as a result of her alleged incidences in April and August

By Claudia Rosenbaum, Rebecca Macatee Sep 05, 2012 7:15 PMTags
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There were no dancing lobsters in this courtroom.

On Tuesday, 26-year-old Amanda Bynes was charged two misdemeanor counts of hit and run, City Attorney Spokesperson Frank Mateljan tells E! News. The charges stem from alleged hit and runs caused by Bynes on Apr. 10, 2012 and Aug. 4, 2012.

Per the city attorney, Bynes' has an arraignment date of Sept. 27 in Van Nuys. The charges carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine for each count. The sentences can run consecutively, i.e. one year and/or a $2,000 fine.

Bynes also has a court hearing Sept. 12 for her case with the District Attorney.

But though the actress has made for more than a few headlines in the past six months, it's unlikely she'll see the inside of a jail cell.

"Her attorney, Rich Hutton, is highly capable and I have no doubt that he will get her the best deal possible," criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten, who is not associated with Bynes, tells E! News.

"Neither hit and run allegation can be used to enhance any potential punishment from the DUI or vice versa," he says. "Because she was not on probation for any offense when the alleged hit-and-runs occurred, the fact that she is also separately charged with DUI is irrelevant to that case."

"All that being said, the City Attorney and the D.A. are keenly aware of all the charges and the appearance that she is engaging in reckless and dangerous behavior that may put the public at risk," Slaten says. "This could play into any plea bargaining that may happen in her case."