Amanda Bynes Won't Be Charged With Crime For Setting Driveway Blaze

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The troubled Amanda Bynes is in for a rough stretch ahead by any measure, but it won't include criminal charges for her most recent police entanglement.

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Prosecutors will not charge the 27-year-old with trespassing, arson or any other criminal offense stemming from Monday night's bizarre incident.

Police and the D.A.'s office alike view her conduct as non-criminal and rooted in mental illness, which is scary, but at least she may finally get help.

Officials almost immediately decided Amanda needs treatment, not punishment.

Amanda Bynes was hospitalized two nights ago as a result of starting a small fire in a stranger's driveway in her hometown of Thousand Oaks, California.

A passerby called 911 on her after spotting her near the scene. She briefly ran into a liquor store having doused her dog in gasoline, but then returned.

She is currently under a 5150 hold, meaning she is hospitalized against her will by virtue of being considered a danger to herself and/or to others.

Typically, this lasts only 72 hours, but officials may seek to extend it up to two weeks if she does not choose to seek mental health care on her own.

Criminally, however, she's off the hook - in this case alone.

She still faces DUI charges in L.A. and reckless endangerment, evidence tampering and marijuana charges in NYC, where she tossed a bong out the window.

Here's hoping that Amanda gets the help she clearly needs and the sweet, fresh-faced girl we all fell in love with years ago returns better than ever.

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Amanda Bynes Biography

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Amanda Bynes is a young, innocent actress who is a former show host on Nickelodeon and a singer in addition to an acting star . After... More »
Thousand Oaks, California
Full Name
Amanda Laura Bynes

Amanda Bynes Quotes

My favorite part of my body is my smile.

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I say I never want to get married. I feel trapped with the idea of marriage. How can you really be with somebody forever? I'd get bored!

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