Actress Amanda Bynes pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence stemming from an arrest earlier this year
The 26-year-old former Nickelodeon star was not in the Beverly Hills courtroom and her lawyer entered the plea on her behalf, a court official told ET. A pretrial court date was set for July 18th.
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Bynes was pulled over April 6 in West Hollywood, CA under suspicion of
driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol after she collided with a
parked police car. The actress' father was quick to defend his daughter shortly after the incident, telling People that she is a "good girl" who doesn't drink.
"[The cop was] pulling out in front of [Amanda] as she was turning at the West Hollywood intersection where she was cited," he told the news magazine, faulting the collision on the arresting officer. ""I was told that she blew a zero on the Breathalyzer. She didn't have a single drink that night."
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Bynes maintains she is innocent of the charges, appealing to President Barack Obama via Twitter today, asking him to "please fire the cop who arrested me."
The starlet is scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in Beverly Hills Superior Court, but is not required to attend. If convicted, she faces a minimum of 48 hours in jail and a maximum of six months.
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