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Amanda Bynes has scored a victory in her DUI case from 2012.

Arrested in April 2012 in West Hollywood for driving drunk, the incident began an epic 12 months of erratic and at times dangerous behavior from the star.

Perhaps for that reason, and the intensive treatment she's undergone for her severe mental illness, a judge allowed her to plead down the heavier charge.

Her lawyer Rich Hutton officially entered a plea of "wet reckless," a drinking-related offense but one that does not have the same consequences of DUI.

She didn't get off scot free by any means, but it's not as bad.

Amanda Bynes was placed on three years' probation, must attend a three-month alcohol education class, and pay various fines, but the charge is basically gone.

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Amanda Bynes is making progress each and every day, and her mom Lynn as been praised by the judge overseeing her case for helping facilitate that.

Lynn Bynes became conservator during the troubled star's darkest hours after she started a fire in a neighbor's driveway and soaked her dog in gasoline.  

Amanda Bynes was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, spending three months receiving in-patient treatment for her obvious, severe mental issues.

She's been released into her parents' care, however, and apparently it's going well there, as evidenced by Lynn and Rick Bynes' appearance in court Tuesday.

Lynn was appointed conservator of Amanda's estate, making her the shot-caller when it comes to her health care, finances and overall well being.

Britney Spears' father, Jamie, was famously appointed to this same role following her meltdown in 2007-08, and the pop icon really turned things around.

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Amanda Bynes says she is lucky to be alive. Or at least the star might say that if she were actually quoted by a tabloid. It is probably the case ...

The below cover, courtesy of In Touch, gives the impression of a tell-all interview with the actress, which clearly did not happen. It's all speculation.

But one thing is for sure, whether she was quoted or not:

Since leaving a Los Angeles rehab facility following stays in two different psychiatric hospitals, Amanda Bynes is getting a second chance at life.

In that respect, In Touch is far from off the mark here.

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The newly-free Amanda Bynes is moving on with her life by enrolling at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Irvine, Calif., reports say.

A week after being released from a Malibu facility where she was being treated for mental illness, she's already making plans for the next phase.

She's also been spotted rocking a "Twerk Team" hat. So there's that.

Bynes' gear could possibly be a peace offering to a fellow former child star. Before being hospitalized, she'd frequently call Miley Cyrus "ugly" on Twitter.

Since then, Miley Cyrus Twerking has become a global sensation.

As for Amanda Bynes, her attorney said upon her release from rehab that "she's mentioned before she's interested in creating a clothing line."

Looks like she's back to pursuing that dream head on.

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Amanda Bynes stepped out with her parents in what marked the first sighting of the actress in months yesterday, following the star's release from rehab.

After more than four months of in-patient treatment, first at UCLA Medical Center and then at a Malibu rehab facility, Amanda is finally a free woman.

She's going to be keeping a low profile, though, living with her mom and dad in California. This dog walk video is about as exciting as you can expect:

That's undoubtedly a good thing. Amanda Bynes' family attorney says she is "feeling better every day" and that progress was evident Thursday.

Strolling through Thousand Oaks, Calif., alongside her parents Rick and Lynn Bynes with two family dogs in tow, Amanda just looked ... normal.

The recovering actress was casually clad in skinny jeans, Vans high-tops, sunglasses, a baseball cap and a white sweatshirt that said "Gang$ta Love."

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There's nothing like home for the holidays, and for one troubled actress, after the events of the past year, it's been a long and difficult time coming.

Amanda Bynes has finished her inpatient treatment and is currently recovering at her parents' Los Angeles home, her mother's attorney confirms.

"Amanda and her entire family would like to thank everyone who's contacted them with good thoughts and wishes for Amanda's recovery," says Tamar Arminak.

"Amanda has completed her inpatient rehabilitation and she's feeling better every day."

The 27-year-old had been forcibly hospitalized and held involuntarily at UCLA Medical Center following a bizarre driveway-burning incident in July.

She was eventually moved to a Malibu rehab facility, but had not been free until recently, meaning she spent nearly half of this year receiving treatment.

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Amanda Bynes has been deemed competent to stand trial for DUI.

A judge reviewed the court-ordered medical evaluation of the star, and found she is capable of understanding the nature of the criminal charges she faces.

As such, the criminal case against her, which was put on hold given her mental illness, proceeds after Bynes' attorney did not object to the findings.

This marks a reversal from previous evaluations (above) that questioned the troubled 27-year-old's ability to stand trial for any criminal offense.

All in all, the finding has little or no implications on the actress.

The ruling will have no impact on her conservatorship, because understanding the nature of legal issues and being able to care for herself are different things.

She may be released into her mother's care by the holidays.

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The long-troubled and hospitalized star Amanda Bynes will be back home in her own bed by Christmas if all goes according to plan, a new report indicates.

The 27-year-old's medications and psychological counseling have sufficiently stabilized her so her doctors will let her leave the Malibu rehab facility.

She's been held there, involuntarily, since September.

Prior to the Malibu location, Amanda was at the UCLA psychiatric ward, where she felt that the conditions were actually preventing her from improving.

Doctors will release Amanda to the care of her mom, Lynn, who will then take her to the family house in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and provide supervision.

The move will take place sometime next month.

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Amanda Bynes' mother, Lynn, is speaking out for the first time about the troubled actress' mental health hospitalization and the many rumors surrounding her.

Lynn says that she has never once provided information on Amanda's treatment, and until she does, don't assume anything you read to be the truth.

"I would like everyone out there to know that almost 99 percent of the things written about my daughter in various media outlets are false or misleading."

"Please know that neither myself or other family members have ever released any information regarding her treatment or diagnosis," she added.

"Unless it's a statement issued by our family attorney, Tamar Arminak, please take everything you read about Amanda Bynes with a grain of salt."

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Following months of speculation about Amanda Bynes‘ mental illness, a new report indicates that the star has both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The formal diagnosis was made while Amanda was still being treated at UCLA Medical Center, which she recently left for a rehab center in Malibu.

“It was difficult to process for her  parents," a source said, despite the fact that Amanda Bynes' mental illness was what they both expected.

The bright side here is that it is believed that Amanda can lead a long, healthy and normal life as long as she takes medication, according to insiders.

Doctors at the treatment facility "are still working to get her therapeutic meds and she’s responding to medication she is being given to treat her diagnosis.”

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