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Lawyer: Don't Judge Paris Hilton on Drug Bust Yet

Lawyer: Don't Judge Paris Hilton on Drug Bust Yet
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08/28/2010 AT 04:55 PM EDT

Paris Hilton's coke arrest was her latest drug-related brush with the law this summer, and by all accounts the most serious. But don't jump to any conclusions, her lawyer says.

"This matter will be dealt with in the courts, not in the media, and I encourage people not to rush to judgment until all of the facts have been dealt with in a court of law," says attorney David Chesnoff in a statement.

Beyond that, Hilton's camp isn't issuing any statements or explanations. The 29-year-old heiress was released without bail Saturday morning after she was arrested in Las Vegas for investigation of cocaine possession. The drug was allegedly found in her purse after a traffic stop.





For her mugshot, she struck a stylish pose, smiling coyly for the police camera, her hair cascading over her bare shoulders.

Hilton, who was jailed three years ago in an alcohol-related driving case, is no longer on probation in that case and so won't face additional penalty due to the cocaine arrest, a source tells PEOPLE.

In July, she was questioned by South African police at the World Cup for allegedly smoking marijuana and later held by police in Corsica after being allegedly caught with a small amount of pot in her purse. In both incidents, she was released without being charged.

Reporting by KEN LEE, CYNTHIA WANG and BLAINE ZUCKERMAN

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