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Gibson given probation in domestic violence case

Friday, Mel Gibson, 55, was sentenced to 3 years of probation by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner after he plead no contest to charges of domestic violence. The actor was accused of domestic abuse by his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. Grigorieva reported domestic violence to the police after she was attacked on January 6th, 2010.

According to the plea deal, Gibson is required to complete a yearlong domestic violence counseling program and 16 hours of community service.

An attorney in the case said that Gibson decided to agree to the plea deal to minimize unnecessary “trauma and impact” on his and Grigorieva’s daughter, Lucia. Gibson and Grigorieva have not yet been able to come to agreement on child custody and child support.

Gibson’s no contest plea does not admit guilt on his part and protects him from having civil damages filed against him by any victims.

If you or someone you know needs to obtain a restraining order to protect themselves from domestic violence, contact the Raleigh domestic violence and restraining order lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC at (919) 833-1040 today.