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Paris Hilton arrives at the Metropolitan Courthouse for a probation violation hearing, May, 4.
updated 5/4/2007 9:04:09 PM ET 2007-05-05T01:04:09

A judge sentenced Paris Hilton to 45 days in county jail Friday for violating her probation, putting the brakes on the hotel heiress’ famous high life.

Hilton, who parlayed her name and relentless partying into worldwide notoriety, must go to jail on June 5 and she will not be allowed any work release, furloughs, use of an alternative jail or electronic monitoring in lieu of jail, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ruled after a hearing.

The judge ruled that she was in violation of the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.

“I’m very sorry and from now on I’m going to pay complete attention to everything. I’m sorry and I did not do it on purpose at all,” she told the judge before he announced the sentence.

She was then ordered to report to a women’s jail in suburban Lynwood on the set date or face 90 days behind bars. The judge’s ruling excluded her from paying to serve time in a jail of her choice, as some are allowed.

As a city prosecutor said during closing arguments that Hilton deserved jail time, Hilton’s mother, Kathy, laughed. When the judge ruled, Kathy Hilton, then blurted out: “May I have your autograph?”

Paris Hilton was among a series of witnesses who took the stand during the hearing. She testified she believed her license was initially suspended for 30 days and that she was allowed to drive for work purposes during the next 90 days.

She said that when an officer who stopped her in January made her sign a document stating her license was suspended, she thought he was mistaken and did not actually look at the document.

Also called to the stand was Hilton’s spokesman, Elliot Mintz. Hilton and her attorneys characterized Mintz as a liaison between Hilton and her lawyers.

Mintz testified that to his knowledge Hilton did not drive during the 30-day period. He said he then advised her that he believed her license was no longer suspended.

The judge called Mintz’s testimony worthless and expressed disbelief at Hilton’s lawyers.

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“I can’t believe that either attorney did not tell her that the suspension had been upheld,” the judge said. “She wanted to disregard everything that was said and continue to drive no matter what.”

Appeal in the works
Hilton looked forward and didn’t speak to news media as she left court. Her mother looked upset.

Video: Paris goes to prison When a reporter asked what she thought of the judge’s decision, a visibly angry Kathy Hilton responded: “What do you think? This is pathetic and disgusting, a waste of taxpayer money with all this nonsense. This is a joke.”

One of her attorneys, Howard Weitzman, said he would appeal.

“I’m shocked, I’m surprised and really disheartened in the system that I’ve worked in for close to 40 years,” Weitzman said.

He said the sentence was “uncalled for, inappropriate and bordered on the ludicrous.”

“I think she’s singled out because of who she is,” Weitzman said.

Hilton had arrived at the Metropolitan Courthouse 10 minutes late and ignored screams of photographers as she swept in with her attorneys, mother and father, Rick Hilton. Wearing a gray jacket and white shirt over black slacks and with a black headband on, she said nothing and appeared serious.

The celebrity case brought an unusual scene to the austere courthouse south of downtown in a commercial area. As if at a red carpet event, dozens of photographers and reporters lined up at the rear entrance. Yellow police tape substituted for velvet ropes.

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings Hilton, 26, pleaded no contest in January to reckless driving stemming from a Sept. 7 arrest in Hollywood. Police said she appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. She had a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent, the level at which an adult driver is in violation of the law.

She was sentenced to 36 months probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines.

Two other traffic stops and failure to enroll in a mandated alcohol education program, are what landed the socialite back in court.

On Jan. 15, Hilton was pulled over by California Highway Patrol. Officers informed her that she was driving on a suspended license and she signed a document acknowledging that she was not to drive, according to papers filed in Superior Court.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies stopped Hilton on Feb. 27 and charged her with violating her probation. Police said she was pulled over at about 11 p.m. after authorities saw the car speeding with its headlights off.

Video: Hilton leaves courthouse

Mintz said at the time Hilton wasn’t aware her license was suspended. A copy of the document Hilton signed on Jan. 15 was found in the car’s glove compartment, court papers say.

Hilton was also required to enroll in an alcohol education program by Feb. 12. As of April 17, she had not enrolled, prosecutors said.

Hilton, heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune, first gained notoriety for her hard partying as a teen. She attracted worldwide attention when a sex tape she made with a boyfriend was released on the Internet.

She stars in the reality-TV series, “The Simple Life,” now in its fifth season, with Nicole Richie. She appeared in the 2005 film, “House of Wax” and recently finished filming “The Hottie and the Nottie.” She also is a handbag designer and has a namesake perfume.

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  1. Back to reality

    Paris Hilton promotes her new docu-series on Oxygen, "The World According to Paris," at Kitson at Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, Calif., on May 27, 2011. (David Livingston / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. The ruff stuff

    Hilton is pictured with a tiny dog in her show "The World According to Paris." (Adam Taylor / Oxygen) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Quick entry

    Hilton arrives onstage on a motorcycle for a taping of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at the NBC Studios oin Burbank, Calif., on May 27, 2011. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. The gang's all here

    Hilton, left, joins her parents Kathy Hilton and Rick Hilton and sister Nicky Hilton at the premiere of "The World According to Paris" at Tropicana Bar at The Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles on May 17, 2011. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Footwork for charity

    Hilton, second from left, and her sister Nicky take part in the Josh Duhamel and American Red Cross "Run For Red Cross/Japan" in Santa Monica, Calif., on March 27, 2011. (Valerie Macon / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Well heeled celebrity

    Hilton displays shoe models from her new collection during a news conference in Mexico City on March 30, 2011. Hilton was in Mexico to promote her new collection. (Eduardo Verdugo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Special protection

    Hilton arrives at the 18th annual Race to Erase MS Gala in Los Angeles on April 29, 2011. The event benefits the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Too close for comfort

    Cy Waits, , left, boyfriend of Hilton, reacts as he is grabbed by an assailant while walking toward a court appearance with the heiress in Los Angeles on April 27, 2011. An unidentified man was restrained by Hilton's bodyguards and detained. (Nick Ut / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. More trouble behind her

    Hilton talks with her attorney, David Chesnoff, before her hearing in Clark County court in Las Vegas on Sept. 20, 2010. Hilton pleaded guilty to reduced charges in her August cocaine arrest. Under the terms of a plea deal worked out with prosecutors, the heiress will serve a year of probation and avoid a felony conviction. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Mug for the cameras

    Hilton is shown in a booking photo released Aug. 28, 2010, by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department after being arrested on drug charges. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. What a Tease

    Hilton and boyfriend Cy Waits attend the launch of her fragrance Tease at MyStudio in Hollywood, Calif., on Aug. 10, 2010. (Donald Traill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. 'Paris, Not France'

    Hilton's life is examined in the 2009 documentary "Paris, Not France," a 68-minute film that chronicles Hilton's much-publicized professional successes and personal struggles. Hilton is the great-granddaughter of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. See you in court

    In July 2009, Hilton found herself in federal court in Miami, accused of failing to adequately promote her 2006 movie, "Pledge This!" The actress insisted she did her job. (Alan Diaz / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Seeking a Middle Eastern pal

    Dressed in traditional Middle Eastern style, Hilton attended a press conference promoting her reality show, "Paris Hilton's Dubai BFF." In the show, the heiress searches for a friend in the Middle East. (Karim Sahib / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. You smell good

    Hilton and then-boyfriend Doug Reinhardt attended the 37th annual FiFi awards, honoring those in the fragrance industry, in May 2009. The couple broke up in June after six months of dating. (Peter Kramer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Not 'Hottie' at the box office

    Hilton starred with Joel David Moore in the 2008 romantic comedy,"The Hottie and the Nottie." The film, which was a major box office disaster and received extremely negative reviews from critics, won Hilton the 2009 Razzie Award for worst actress and worst screen couple with Moore. (Regent Releasing via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Vote for me

    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. John McCain likened then-Sen. Barack Obama to Hilton as far as celebrity status. Hilton responded with a spoof video, "Paris for President," in which she called McCain old and wrinkly and announced her own presidential campaign. (SwagHouse Media via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Free at last

    Paris Hilton leaves the Los Angeles County Correctional Facility in Lynwood, Calif., on Tuesday, June 26. 2007. Hilton, who commanded as much attention behind bars as on the Hollywood party scene, regained her freedom after serving three weeks in jail for violating probation in a drunk-driving case. (Max Morse / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Do not pass go

    Hilton leaves the Los Angeles Municipal Court Metropolitan branch with her father Rick on Friday, May 4, 2007 after a judge sentenced the hotel heriess to 45 days in jail for violating her probation. (Damian Dovarganes / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Time to get paid

    Hilton knows what time it is while posing during a news conference introducing her new line of timepieces at the BaselWorld 2007 watch fair in Basel, Switzerland, on Saturday, April 14. (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. 'Simple' pleasures

    Hilton, left, and Nicole Richie reunited to discuss another season of their reality television show "The Simple Life" on Monday, April 9, 2007 in Los Angeles. After famously feuding and filming their parts separately last season, the celebutantes were reunited as camp counselors for the show's fifth installment (Damian Dovarganes / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Paris loves to accessorize

    Hilton and her then-beau, actor Josh Henderson, arrive at the Complex Magazine 5th Anniversary party at club Area in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 10, 2007. (Marianna Day Massey / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Having a ball

    Hilton attends the Vienna Opera Ball on Thursday, Feb. 15. 2007. The ball is Austria’s society event of the year and Hilton was invited to be the guest of Richard Lugner, a 74-year-old married construction magnate who invites a celebrity each year. His previous guests included Geri Halliwell, Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra. (Hans Klaus Techt / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Booked

    In 2006, Hilton published a book, "Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose." It featured more than 300 photos of the heiress. (Simon & Schuster) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Pulling back

    Hilton's then-boyfriend Stavros Niarchos leads the way at a Nov. 2005 cocktail reception to highlight diamonds from DeGrisogono. Yet Hilton's ring finger was diamondless, having ended her engagement to Paris Latsis two months earlier. (Zach Lipp / Sipa Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Bunny power

    In a huge sartorial stretch, Hilton tries on a bunny outfit at the 2005 Halloween Mansion Party hosted by Hayley Duff. (David Livingston / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Paris times two

    Paris Hilton and her then-fiance, Paris Latsis, smile as they leave the Arclight Theatre in Hollywood after catching a late night movie. Alas, the good times were not to last. (Splash News) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Having more fun

    Paris Hilton and Kimberly Stewart, daughter of Rod Stewart, attend a Los Angeles party. Stewart is one of Hilton's longtime pals, and reportedly was her first choice as a co-star on Fox's "The Simple Life." (Lionel Hahn / Abaca) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Hungry?

    An image from Hilton's TV spot for Carl's Jr. The burger chain's new ad campaign features Hilton in a revealing one-piece black swimsuit, sensuously washing a Bentley. It plays on her trademark phrase, "That's hot." But some critics found the ad too hot, saying it shouldn't appear on television. (Carl's Junior) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Some like it hot

    Paris Hilton poses at a photocall on the Carlton Hotel pier during the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. She visited the festival to promote her starring role in "National Lampoon's Pledge This!" She would later be taken to court for allegedly failing to promote the film. (Eric Gaillard / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Almost Eden

    Paris Hilton portrays actress Barbara Eden as Jeannie from the '60s TV series "I Dream of Jeannie" in a 2005 episode of NBC's "American Dreams." Eden couldn't show her navel on the original show, a broadcast policy clearly gone by the time Paris arrived on TV. (NBC via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Going brunette

    Paris Hilton arrives for the Young Hot Hollywood Style Awards in April of 2005. The party was hosted by "US Weekly" magazine and singer Jessica Simpson. We're not sure what prompted the change in hair color, but perhaps Simpson already had the blonde spot locked up. (Lee Celano / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. All smiles

    Paris Hilton takes a photo of herself with a fan as she arrives for the European premiere of her film, "House of Wax." Hilton's boyfriend at the time, Paris Latsis, proposed to her after she returned from three weeks doing publicity in Europe. It didn't last. (Max Nash / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Sister act

    Paris Hilton, left, and her sister Nicky Hilton leave the Luca Luca Fall 2005 fashion show in February. The two have been seen together less frequently as Paris' career has skyrocketed, but both are still enjoying plenty of time in the spotlight. (Diane Bondareff / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. All in the family

    Paris Hilton poses with her parents Rick Hilton and Kathy Richards, and her brother Baron, left, at the "House of Wax" premiere in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. In the flesh

    Paris Hilton stars as Paige Edwards in Warner Bros.' "House of Wax," released the spring of 2005. In the film, she and her co-stars wander into a town filled with wax figures which turn out to be the wax-coated corpses of killers' victims. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Field hands

    Paris Hilton brings along friend Nicole Richie, right, to work on a dairy farm during an episode of "The Simple Life." The Fox reality show, which exposed the duo to the workings of small-town life, further propelled Hilton to stardom. (Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Nick of time

    Paris Hilton rests in the arms of then-boyfriend Nick Carter, of the Backstreet Boys, as they watch the second half of the NBA All-Star game in Feb. 2004. The two later broke up. (Mark J. Terrill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Puppy love

    Paris Hilton poses with her dog Tinkerbell. The heiress with the mostest caught flack in 2005 when plans were briefly revealed to ditch the chihuahua for a cuter dog. Ah, fashion. (Jim Cooper / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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