Britney Spears Rejects Plea Deal in Driving Case

Britney Spears Rejects Plea Deal in Driving Case
Britney Spears
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updated 10/08/2008 at 02:00 PM EDT

originally published 10/08/2008 03:00PM

Britney Spears is prepared to go to trial in her misdemeanor driving-without-license case after rejecting a plea offer of a year's probation and a $150 fine, her lawyer said Wednesday.

The pop singer, 26, was being targeted because she's a celebrity and doesn't deserve even a minor criminal conviction on her record, lawyer J. Michael Flanagan said during a Los Angeles court hearing. He said he would instead consider an infraction for Spears and a lesser fine.

Her trial is set for Oct. 15 in Van Nuys.

An appeals court on Tuesday rejected Spears's efforts to dismiss the misdemeanor charge and put the case put on hold. Flanagan had said in court papers that Spears, whose personal affairs are controlled by a conservatorship led by her father, was "`currently unable to participate meaningfully" in the traffic case.

The driving-without-a-license charge stems from her fender-bender in August 2007. A hit-and-run charge was eventually dismissed after the singer compensated the other driver for damages.

Spears, who at the time had a Louisiana license, has since obtained a California driver's license.

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