[url id="/shows/jersey_shore/season_2/series.jhtml"]"Jersey Shore"[/url] star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, appeared in a Seaside Heights, New Jersey, courtroom on Wednesday (September 8) to face misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, creating a nuisance and being criminally annoying.
After a brief hearing, the judge in the case found that she was not guilty of criminal conduct in the July 30 incident and agreed to a deal in which Polizzi pleaded guilty to disturbing the quiet enjoyment of the beach, and the disorderly conduct and public nuisance counts were dismissed. Polizzi had earlier pleaded not guilty to all three charges. She was sentenced to two days of community service and fined $533.
"Ah never again! So scary...thank you judge for understanding, I'm very thankful for that! Whew...now I can breath!" Snickers tweeted a half hour after leaving court.
Following the court appearance, Polizzi's lawyer, Ray Raya, said the entire incident was blown out of proportion and that it was simply the case of a young woman having some fun and a few drinks with her friends.
"She just acted silly on the beach that day," said Raya in a press conference streamed on TMZ following the hearing. "Her conduct was not criminal ... she stumbled into a couple of people on the beach."
Raya said it is the nature of Snooki's unique reality-TV celebrity that everywhere she goes, she draws a big crowd, and on the day in question he said she was being trailed by more than 300 people who were screaming her name and trying to get her attention. "It was an anomaly in an otherwise well-lived life," he said.
But Raya took issue with comments by Judge Damian Murray during the hearing, in which the judge called the pint-size dynamo a "Lindsay Lohan wannabe," comparing her to the recently rehabbed star with a history of drug issues and arrests. Raya pointed out that Polizzi has no such record and that she promised that this would be her last time in a courtroom for this kind of behavior.
According to TMZ, the judge scoffed at Polizzi's antics in the incident, during which she reportedly was spotted with a beer bong, falling off her bicycle and stumbling into other people on the beach. Murray urged Snooki to decide if "it was worth trading your dignity for a paycheck."
Murray also wondered how much was scripted and how much came from Snooki herself, saying that going through life acting "profane" and "self-indulgent" was no way to live. Polizzi assured him that nothing was scripted and that all her boozy antics were her idea alone.
A contrite Snooki, wearing a dark gray suit, said she was "very embarrassed" by the incident and that she has never been in this kind of, well, situation, before.
Raya said Polizzi has already served some time at the Popcorn Park Zoo as part of a community service agreement, feeding the lions and cleaning out animal cages.