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Amanda Bynes Rehab and DUI Case: Actress' Lawyers Working to Reach Plea Deal

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First Posted: Jan 09, 2014 04:05 PM EST
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According to sources, Amanda Bynes is hoping to avoid jail time and a trial on a DUI she obtained in California in 2012.

There will be a pre-trial hearing on Bynes's case on Feb. 20. According to NY Daily News, Los Angeles County Judge Edward Moreton Jr. said he wanted to get the case moving since Bynes was found competent enough to stand trial in November 2013. 

According to sources, both sides are working on avoiding trial with a plea deal.

Bynes, 27, allegedly struck a Los Angeles County Sheriff's cruiser with her car on Apr. 6, 2012. She pleaded not guilty in the DUI case and denied she was high or drunk.

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The former Nickelodeon star has had her share of traffic-related cases.

In 2012, Bynes was part of two other hit-and-runs, but the misdemeanors were dropped after she made civil settlements with the victims. In September 2012, the She's the Man actress was driving near the Burbank airport and was cited for driving without a license. She pleaded "no contest" on May 9, 2013 to one count of driving on a suspended license. Bynes received three years informal probation on the charge.

In addition to traffic infractions, Bynes is also dealing with a disturbance case. According to her lawyer, she is approaching a conditional dismissal deal after throwing a bong in New York City.

Bynes left inpatient treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in December and moved in with her parents. She was placed on an involuntary 5150 psychiatric hold after she was found standing in a Thousand Oaks, Calif. house's driveway near a small fire and gas can. She eventually was transported to a Malibu rehabilitation facility, People reports. Lynn, Bynes's mother, still has indefinite control over Bynes and her finances.

Bynes now plans on starting her own fashion line and reportedly started taking classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Irvine, California. She still attends outpatient treatment a few days a week.

"She's doing really well," a source told NY Daily News on Tuesday. "If she stays on her program, she'll be just fine.

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