KATIE PRICE “won’t go to prison” if she goes to the Priory and successfully overcomes her drink and drug problems, Nick “Mr Loophole” Freeman has claimed.
The lawyer – famous for using technicalities to get high-profile clients off the hook – spoke after the reality star admitted drink-driving, driving without insurance and while disqualified yesterday.
The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to all charges at Crawley Magistrates' Court and will be sentenced on 15 December.
Price had her sentence deferred on the condition that she has treatment at the Priory rehab centre and does not commit any further offences.
She was told she must also engage with the probation service.
Speaking today, Mr Freeman – who successfully defended the former glamour model in 2010 when she was accused of using a mobile while driving – also said that until 2017 anyone caught driving while disqualified faced an automatic prison sentence.
He added: “She won’t go to prison.
“She might receive a suspended sentence or a probation order. I think the courts will give her a probation order or some sort of community penalty.
“It will be to help her help herself and give her the level of support that she needs.
“If she does it again then she is the author of her own fate.
“But if she complies with the court I can say with almost certainty that she won’t get an immediate custodial sentence.
“The court has basically said to her ‘if you sort yourself out we won’t send you to custody’.
“The onus is on her and she’s very lucky to have this opportunity.
“If they defer sentence they are expecting her to go to the Priory and get herself sorted.
“On the face of it it is a serious drinking driving case – aggravated because there is a crash and there are drugs.
“It’s serious but the court obviously sympathises with her predicament as a single mum with a disabled child.
“She has been very open and candid with the police and the courts have said to her if you sort yourself out you won't go to prison.
“They are saying ‘it’s down to you doing what you say you’re going to do’. At the end of the day she is not a criminal, she is someone relying on substances to get through her life.
“Should the taxpayer pay thousands of pounds putting her to prison? What good is it going to do?
“What good is it going to do to her son?
“She should be applauded for her honesty albeit that she has committed three very serious offences.”
Mr Freeman – who has also defended David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson – said that Price could go to prison if she doesn’t address her issues.
“The court is leaning over backwards to help this lady sort her life out,” he explained.
“But if she doesn’t comply with the letter of the conditions – she may still go to prison.”
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