Actor John Stamos reportedly pleaded no contest today to a misdemeanor DUI charge and has been sentenced to three years of probation, thereby avoiding any time behind bars.
Stamos himself did not appear in court on the plea this morning and was represented there by his lawyer. Stamos was originally due in court on October 16, but the case was continued to today.
The General Hospital and Full House star, 52, who is now appearing as the lead character in the sitcom Grandfathered on the Fox TV network, was busted on June 12 in Beverly Hills when cops were alerted by other motorists that he was driving erratically.
As the Inquisitr previously detailed, his behavior was allegedly so bizarre that he was taken to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for observation. Cops cited him for DUI at the hospital.
L.A. prosecutors formally charged him with driving under the influence in mid October. A first-time offender, Stamos could have nonetheless faced up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine on the one count, although prison time was highly unlikely, given the overcrowded county lockup, among other factors.
In addition to a non-narcotic drug, the actor allegedly had GHB (gamma hydroxy butyrate) — also known as the date-rape drug — in his system, TMZ previously claimed, which he apparently was taking to help him to get jacked for his TV role. “[GHB] is used by bodybuilders for lean muscle, and for a level of sleep which helps muscles recover.”
Separately, although Stamos apparently should not have been driving on the night in question, Fox has given the green light to Grandfathered for a full, 22-episode run in its first season.
“Under the plea deal, Stamos was placed on 3 years probation and must complete 52 AA meetings in the next year. He’s also required to get 2 hours of drug and alcohol counseling,” TMZ reported.
“No big house for this Full House star,” the New York Daily News quipped about the plea deal. A $390 fine was also part of the sentence.
Stamos checked into rehab for about 30 days shortly after he was arrested and subsequently expressed appreciation on Twitter to fans and well-wishers.
The TV star will have to submit his completed homework assignments to the judicial system to fully resolve the charge, however. “Stamos will be required to complete his court-mandated counseling by May 24, 2016. Proof of his AA sessions will be due on Nov. 28, 2016,” ET Online explained. If all goes well with the court-imposed requirements, the DUI charge can eventually be expunged from his record.
Stamos has signed on to the 13-episode Full House reboot, Fuller House, an original Netflix series premiering next year, where he will reprise his role as Uncle Jesse Katsopolis. Fuller House brings back the majority of the original cast members, except — as things stand now — for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Full House aired on ABC from September 1987 to May 1995, plus a perpetual existence in syndication since then.
In an interview with Details, Stamos alluded to his July rehab stint and the personal issues that he encountered that might have led to the DUI.
“You know, I’ve had a rough year with my mom dying, so it all came to a head, and it was a turning point. You either continue on that path—and some of it’s fun, but a lot of it’s not—or there’s this other thing, this golden opportunity sitting there with all this work and all this goodwill that you have going for you. That’s the key. I feel better than I’ve felt in a decade.”
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