September 20, 2010 By Wallin & Klarich

On September 20, 2010, Paris Hilton pled guilty to possessing cocaine and for lying to a police officer about it.

Hilton was arrested after a small bag containing the cocaine fell out of her purse in the presence of a police officer. She told the officer that the cocaine did not belong to her.

Hilton was charged with felony possession of cocaine, but by admitting possession, she was allowed to plead to a lesser possession charge. According to the terms of her plea, she must serve a year of probation, complete a drug program, pay a $2,000 fine, and complete 200 hours of community service.

In California, under Penal Code section 11350(a), cocaine possession is a felony. However, a person convicted of drug possession may be eligible for an alternate to imprisonment under Penal Code section 1000 or Proposition 36. Talk to an experienced Southern California criminal defense attorney to discuss your legal options.

Lying to a police officer is a violation of Penal Code section 148(a)(1), which punishes “[e]very person who willfully. . .obstructs any…peace officer…in the discharge or attempt to discharge any duty of his or her employment.” Obstructing a police officer is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, up to a $1,000 fine, or both the imprisonment and the fine.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug crime or obstructing a police officer, you will need an experienced Southern California criminal defense attorney to assist you in your case. At Wallin & Klarich, we have helped people accused of drug crimes and obstructing a police officer for over 30 years. Call us today at (888) 280-6839 or visit us at our website at We will be there when you call.

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