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Nick Carter Pleads Guilty

 

Three years' informal probation. A $1,200 fine. A three-month alcohol-awareness program. Restricted driving privileges for 90 days. That's all that Nick Carter has to give to make good on a drunken driving charge

 

The Backstreet Boy worked out a deal with prosecutors in Orange County, California, stemming from his March DUI arrest.

The 25-year-old popster has pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol count of over 0.08. Because the count was a misdemeanor, Carter wasn't required to be in the Westminster courthouse for the hearing, and he entered the plea last week via his lawyer. In exchange, another DUI count was dropped, per Orange County Deputy District Attorney Tate McCallister.

McCallister says Carter's attorney agreed to the terms last Thursday, avoiding a preliminary hearing in the case set for today.

Carter was slapped with the two misdemeanor charges after getting pulled over for erratic driving Mar. 5 in Huntington Beach and flubbing a field sobriety test.

At the time, his rep denied Carter was under the influence.

"Nick Carter deeply regrets the current situation. He is on doctor-prescribed medication and was unaware of its interaction possibilities," publicist Juliette Harris said.

Carter initially pleaded not guilty to the charges in April.

With his court docket cleared up, Paris' former boy-toy can focus on Backstreet's comeback.

Carter, who released a disappointing solo album in 2002, reteamed with his mates earlier this year (the announcement came the day before hisDUI arrest) and has since embarked on a whirlwind promotional tour in support of Never Gone, the band's first offering since 2000's Black and Blue.

Never Gone dropped June 14 and debuted at number three on Billboard's Hot 200 album chart. The album is shaping up to be a worldwide hit, debuting at number one in Japan, Germany, India, Chile and Korea and in the top 5 in Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Mexico and Brazil. The first single, "Incomplete," peaked at number 11 on the Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and is currently number 14.

The Backstreeters, who have sold more than 73 million albums worldwide, begin their summer tour July 22 at the Sound Advice Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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