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Singer Faith Evans Gets 3-Year Probation For DUI

Grammy Award winner Faith Evans pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI charges earlier this week, the Baltimore Sun reported. She was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on August 21 at a sobriety checkpoint near Marina del Rey in Southern California.

The 37-year-old singer's car was impounded following her arrest and she was released from jail the following morning without incident.

Faith Evans won a Grammy in 1998 for her song, "I'll Be Missing You," a tribute to late husband Notorious B.I.G. (real name Christopher Wallace), according to ABC News. He was found shot to death in 1997.

A plea of "no contest" (or the Latin "nolo contendere") is similar to a guilty plea but is not an official admission of guilt, FindLaw states. Defendants who may also have a civil lawsuit pending for the same action often are encouraged by their Georgia DUI attorneys to plead no contest in order to legally deny claims at trial.

In addition to three years of probation, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward Moreton ordered Faith Evans to undergo a three-month alcohol treatment program, pay a $300 fine and abstain from driving with any measurable amount of alcohol in her bloodstream.

MTV reported on her Twitter post to fans following her August arrest, a portion of which follows:

"I'm sure by now most of you heard that I was detained on suspicion of a DUI. After completing a full day of wardrobe prep I was stopped at a random checkpoint. I'm fine and well, and thank you for your prayers, kind words and concerns."

The singer has had previous brushes with the law, including a 2004 traffic stop in Atlanta that resulted in charges of possession of marijuana and cocaine. Record company executive Todd Russaw also was arrested and the two spent 13 weeks in addiction therapy.

Atlanta DUI attorneys are skilled at helping their clients get the possible outcome after a DUI arrest.

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