Will Paris Hilton get off with just a plea-bargained slap on the wrist after her arrest for cocaine possession last weekend in Las Vegas? Don't bet on it.
Clark County District Attorney David Roger is highly unlikely to offer Paris a plea deal, meaning Hilton, who was charged with a felony, is in deep.
“Roger won't tolerate celebrities coming to Las Vegas and thinking they can get away with illegal behavior,” a source close to the Hilton case said.
Paris and BF Cy Waits were popped Saturday. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]
Not only is the D.A. a no-nonsense guy, he's running for re-election.
“This is a high profile case, before a very important election, and it's very likely there will be no plea bargaining of these charges," said the source.
Hilton is facing a felony drug possession charge that carries a prison term of 1-4 years. She first claimed the purse she was carrying wasn't hers.
The then switched gears and reportedly now says the purse is hers, but someone borrowed it and the 0.8 grams of cocaine was someone else's.Basically, she's recycling the same defense she used in previous arrests, regardless of the details. Sure, I have drugs on me ... but they're not mine!
We'll see if that crap holds up in a U.S. court this time.
The man who arrested Hilton, Lt. Dennis Flynn, said a small plastic "bindle" of the drug fell out of her purse when she reached for a tube of lip balm.
Hilton, despite her laid back nature and appearances that she's not worried, is taking the charges "very seriously,” said a source close to the socialite.
“Paris has been advised to lay low,” said a friend of the ho-tel heiress. “Paris is 100 percent adamant that the cocaine found in the purse wasn’t hers."
Hilton's boyfriend, 34-year-old Las Vegas nightclub mogul Cy Waits, was also arrested that night. He was popped for DUI after his car was pulled over.
Waits failed field sobriety tests after he was stopped while driving a black Cadillac Escalade from which a police officer reported smelling marijuana.
Paris was arrested shortly thereafter.