Socialite Hilton unlikely to face jail time over cocaine she 'thought was gum'
Published 01/09/2010 | 05:00
PARIS Hilton has been charged with cocaine possession after a high-profile arrest in Las Vegas over the weekend, but the socialite is unlikely to do a second stint behind bars.
Hilton (29) faces up to four years in a Nevada prison if convicted of the felony charge of possessing 0.8 grammes of "powder cocaine" in a purse.
But the 'Los Angeles Times', quoting a legal expert, said Hilton was more likely to be sentenced to a diversion programme if prosecutors are able to prove their case.
Hilton and her boyfriend, Cy Waits, were stopped just before midnight on Friday after police said they smelled marijuana smoke coming from their vehicle. When a crowd formed, they were taken to the nearby Wynn Hotel for some privacy.
The police report states that when Hilton asked to get some lip balm from her purse, an officer saw "a small bindle of what I believed to be cocaine in a clear baggy" and the bindle then fell from the purse into the officer's hand. Hilton told police she had borrowed the purse from a friend, and she thought the cocaine was gum.
The 'Los Angeles Times' quoted Dmitry Gorin, a former Los Angeles County prosecutor and noted defence attorney, as saying that prosecutors would need to prove it was Hilton's purse and also overcome any doubts that the marijuana smell came from her vehicle.
Hilton spent three weeks in a Los Angeles prison in 2007 for violating probation on a reckless driving charge.