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Amanda Bynes facing DUI charges, pleads for president's help

Amanda Bynes is an actress who has starred in many comedies, some of which may be familiar to New York moviegoers. But now Bynes is starring in what may be described as a real life comedy.

That is because she recently pleaded for President Barack Obama to help her with the drunk driving charges she faces.

She was arrested in April for DUI. She apparently sideswiped a police car, which led police to suspect that she wasn't sober. However, she says she does not drink and so could not have been driving drunk.

Nevertheless, she refused to prove to the police that she had not been drinking, as she refused to take a breath or a blood test to determine her blood alcohol content.

She pleaded not guilty to the charge of driving under the influence and plans to mount a defense against the charges. Her next scheduled court date is on July 18.

In the meantime, she may have just been having fun, or maybe she was in part serious when she posted a message to her Twitter account that read: "Hey @BarackObama... I don't drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don't hit and run. The end."

President Obama addressing her request is not likely. However, what could help her is to have an aggressive DUI defense attorney present her case, especially the fact that she does not drink, to prove that while she was involved in a car accident, it was not because she was driving drunk. Many people are quick to judge when celebrities get arrested, but it's important that everyone charged of a crime receive his or her day in court.

Source: Reuters, "Amanda Bynes Pleas for President Obama's Help in DUI Case," Andrew Chow, June 6, 2012

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