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Jaime Pressly appears in a mug shot taken on Jan. 5, 2011 after her arrest on suspicion of DUI in Santa Monica, California. / Jaime Pressly appears in a scene from the comedy series, My Name is Earl. - Provided courtesy of Santa Monica Police Department / NBC

Jaime Pressly avoids jail in DUI case, gets probation

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08/25/2011 by OnTheRedCarpet.com Staff

Jaime Pressly has been put on probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The 34-year-old actress, who won an Emmy for her role on the sitcom "My Name Is Earl," was arrested in Los Angeles in January on suspicion of drunk driving and spent a night in jail. She pleaded not guilty to two DUI charges a month later.

At a hearing on Thursday, August 25, Pressly pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood-alcohol .08 percent or higher as part of a plea deal, in which the additional DUI charge was dismissed, Los Angeles court officials told OnTheRedCarpet.com.

She was sentenced to three years of summary probation, a type that is often issued in misdemeanor cases and which does not carry the obligation of reporting to a probation officer. The actress had faced a potential 6-month jail sentence for her initial DUI charges.

Pressly played Joy Turner on "My Name is Earl," which starred Jason Lee, from 2005 to 2009. She has also starred in films such as "Can't Hardly Wait" in 1998 and "I Love You Man" in 2009.

The actress recently filmed the comedy movie "6 Month Rule" and is also set to appear in "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure," with Cary Elwes from "The Princess Bride."

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