As we know, last December Luann de Lesseps was arrested on charges of battery on an officer, disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest with violence and crimes against a person at 1:25 am on Christmas Eve morning in Palm Beach, Florida.
As soon as she was out of rehab her attorney moved forward with a plea deal. The Florida state attorney declined to prosecute two counts of corruption by threat and battery on a law enforcement officer that the arresting officer initially charged her with. She was then formally charged with resisting an officer with violence, trespassing an occupied structure and disorderly intoxication. The first charge is a felony and the other two are misdemeanors. This was a step in the right direction.
In February Luann’s attorney, Doug Duncan rejected a formal plea deal on her behalf. On May 25th Duncan accepted a plea deal on Luann’s behalf. The plea deal has her pleading guilty to one of the misdemeanors, I’d presume it is the disorderly intoxication charge although Duncan didn’t specify. The other charges will be dropped.
But here is the interesting part. On July 25th, Duncan will appear in court on Luann’s behalf to officially enter the plea. Then the judge will WITHHOLD ADJUDICATION of the charges. This basically means that she will not be convicted on the misdemeanor charge either. She will be put on probation and as long as she keeps her nose clean, she will have no convictions on her record and the entire thing will be forgotten about. Money can’t buy you class but it can buy you a legal pass in Florida.
That Doug Duncan is a good lawyer! He worked virtually the same miracle for Tiger Woods.