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Heather Locklear To Avoid Jail Time After Pleading No Contest To Several Misdemeanor Charges

The TV star must enter a rehab program after facing a slew of charges for arrests that occurred in 2018.

By Eric Shorey
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TV star Heather Locklear will avoid a prison sentence and instead report to a mental health facility as a result of a several arrests that occurred last year.

Locklear, best known for her acting on shows like "Dynasty" and "Melrose Place," pleaded no contest to eight misdemeanor offenses on Aug. 16. As a result of the plea, Locklear will stay out of prison but has been ordered to a 30-day stay at a residential mental health facility.

Locklear had been sentenced to 120 days in prison as a result of a slew of charges and arrests that occurred during a short period in 2018, but the sentence was stayed pending the completion of the treatment program, according to Ventura County Senior Deputy District Attorney Thomas Dunlevy.

“The [DA's Office] advocated for 90 days in jail to be imposed rather than stayed, but I respect the judge’s decision in terms of the sentenced imposed,” Dunlevy told RadarOnline after the hearing. “If she does not comply with the program and the terms of her probation, then the 120 days would be imposed.”

Following the treatment, Locklear will be placed on a three-year probation during which she is forbidden from consuming alcohol, possessing dangerous or deadly weapons, or taking non-prescription medication, according to TMZ.

Trouble in the Locklear home bubbled to the surface in February 2018 when Heather was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic battery and three counts of battery on a police officer. When she allegedly made threats to shoot officers responding to the call, police searched her home for a firearm. Domestic abuse charges filed against her were dropped in March.

Following a psychiatric evaluation, Locklear was arrested again in June 2018 when she allegedly attacked police and EMTs responding to a disturbance call at her home. Police later characterized Locklear as “extremely intoxicated," according to People. That same day, after being released from police custody, Locklear was hospitalized for a possible overdose.

Locklear at first pleaded not guilty to several charges stemming from the incidents. She reported to a rehabilitation center in May, but it is unclear if she completed any program.

The judge has decreed that Locklear must be enrolled in a treatment program by Sept. 6 or she could potentially be sent to prison.