LOS ANGELES -- Actor Jimmy Smits, one of 'L.A. Law's' brash, young attorneys, pleaded no contest Wednesday to disturbing the peace in a deal with prosecutors who dropped charges of battery against a police officer and resisting arrest.
Smits, 32, was fined $150, ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and placed on 18 months probation, said Ted Goldstein, a spokesman for the city attorney's office.
Smits's friend, Wanda De Jesus, 29, who also faced the battery and resisting arrest charges, pleaded no contest to the single count of disturbing the peace stemming from an altercation with police officers in Smits's Brentwood condominium Aug. 10.
She also pleaded no contest to misidentifying herself to a police officer, Goldstein said. De Jesus, who recently guest starred on 'L.A. Law,' was fined $250, ordered to perform 75 hours of community service and placed on 18 months probation.
Smits and De Jesus allegedly attacked police officers after they were called to the actor's condominium by neighbors who reported a ruckus in the residence, authorities said. Police said the couple was enraged by the intrusion.
Goldstein said the plea bargain was accepted because 'there was conflicting evidence in the statements both among the officers themselves' and between the police and defendants.
'In review of the conflicting statements it was believed this was a fair and equitable resolution to the matter,' he said.
In a statement released by John West, their publicist, Smits and De Jesus said, 'We view the dismissal of these charges as support of our earlier claim that neither of us has attacked a police officer nor otherwise been guilty of resisting arrest.'
Terry Bird, the actors' lawyer, entered the pleas, which are the legal equivalent of guilty, before Municipal Court Commissioner Beverly Mosley.
Goldstein said the actors could have faced a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine on each count if they had been convicted.