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Gina Kirschenheiter Pleads Guilty To DUI Charges, Sentenced To Three Years Probation!

Gina Kirschenheiter pleaded guilty to driving under the influence on Tuesday, July 9. According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, the Real Housewives of Orange County star pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol and one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more.

She was sentenced to three years’ informal probation and has to submit to six months in an offender alcohol program and complete 20 hours of community service.

As previously reported, the mother-of-three made headlines earlier this month when she was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. Police stopped the her in Rancho Santa Margarita in Orange County, California, for a suspected traffic violation, An Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesperson told E! News.

Deputies then administered a field sobriety test, after which she was placed under arrest for DUI just after midnight. The police then transported her to a jail, where she remained until she was released with a citation around noon, records obtained by E! News. It is unclear if she had any passengers in her car when she was arrested. On the booking sheet, she listed herself as "unemployed."

"I made a very bad choice the other night after a mom's night out," Kirschenheiter said in a statement. "I am extremely disappointed in myself and regret my actions wholeheartedly. I have learned a valuable lesson and hope to show you all that this one incident does not define me."

Days after her arrest, the Bravo reality star then took to her Instagram to apologize in a lengthy post. "I honestly believe that some issues no matter how great and important are truly only a part of our awareness once we are personally effected by them. For me....what happened this week is that issue. It’s amazing how in the course of less than a week you can realize the full extent of allowing people into your every day life and how the opinions of everyone watching can run from incredibly chastising to extremely supportive," she wrote.

"Bad choices have bad consequences. Mine are magnified bc I chose to share my life with you on a very public stage. Those who are a part of my real life gave me words of encouragement and love knowing the content of my character and the love in my heart. As embarrassed and hard on myself as I’ve been in these past few days, I’ve been shocked by the astonishing amount of “it could have happened to anyone” and “we’ve all been there” that I’ve received through friends both close to me and on social media. I could easily join in with the chorus saying “you’re right, it could be any of us” but it shouldn’t be any of us. EVER !"

She continued: "It’s terrible that this has become a social norm. I am disappointed in myself and that I am a part of this social norm. Especially since everyone who knows me knows I’m the queen of Uber/Lyft. This didn’t happen to me. I wasn’t “unlucky” I made a conscious decision to do something epically stupid. One time is one time too many. I am awake now. I can promise this will NEVER BE ME again."

She added: "To all of you who wrote me with pain in their hearts about how drinking and driving has had a negative impact on them and their families, I hear you. Thank you. I make this promise to each one of you with your messages in my heart.... I am committed to this cause and hope to effect a positive change and dialogue. You don’t have to believe me with these words, but I hope over time you will see through my actions."

Less than a week after getting arrested, Kirschenheiter was pulled over by the cops again. According to court records obtained by Us Weekly, she was stopped by police in Orange County on Wednesday, February 6, for “driving while operating a handheld wireless telephone or electronic wireless communications device.”

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