Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Cuts Deal To Clear Name

Charges dropped against singer in return for pretrial intervention.

Accounts of Nick Carter's ill-mannered behavior at a Tampa, Florida, nightclub will be wiped from his record if he performs community service and enters a probationlike program.

The 22-year-old Backstreet Boy agreed to a pretrial intervention program on Friday, according to assistant state attorney Pam Bondi. As part of that program, Carter is required to pay a $290 fine and serve 16 hours of community service and three months in a probationlike diversion program. Carter is also obliged to write a letter of apology to his arresting officers.

In return, the charge of resisting or opposing a law enforcement officer without violence will be dropped.

Carter is allowed to fulfill his community service outside Hillsborough County and can report to his probation officer by mail, so the punishment shouldn't affect any career-related travel plans.

The charge stems from an altercation January 2 at Tampa's Pop City arcade and nightclub. After diffusing an unrelated fight, police asked Carter and an unidentified woman to vacate the premises around 3 a.m. When Carter disobeyed the orders, he was arrested (see "Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Arrested After Argument in Tampa Bar").

Following his arrest, Carter declared his innocence and claimed the arrest was a result of his celebrity (see "Backstreet's Nick Carter On His Arrest: 'I'm Not A Bad Person").

Pretrial intervention programs are often offered to first-time offenders. Carter faced a $500 fine and up to a year in jail had he been convicted.