By Ryan Buxton, EnStarz | Aug 18, 2012 12:38 PM EDT
Amanda Bynes hasn't acted since 2010's "Easy A," but she's been keeping herself - and police - busy.
The actress was charged with DUI after slamming her black BMW into another car April 6, and now she has a new charge to worry about. The LAPD has been investigating Bynes in a possible hit-and-run accident on Aug. 4, and now police are turning over the matter to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office, which will decide whether to press charges on Bynes.
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Though the hit-and-run and DUI charge happened so close together, the two cases won't have and effect on one another, a legal expert told E! News.
"They are completely separate events," said Troy Slaten, a DUI and criminal attorney not involved with the case. "They only way the alleged hit-and-run would affect her DUI would be if she was on probation for the DUI, which she is not. If the hit-and-run happened after she was placed on probation, it could be a violation of her probation."
If she's charged in the hit-and-run, Bynes could face a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
E!'s legal expert offered Bynes some advice and explained what he would suggest to a client in her position.
"If I were Amanda's attorney, I would be quickly contacting the victim, making sure any property damage was paid for, and trying to get the city attorney to not file and if they did file, make a motion to the judge for a civil compromise," Slaten said. "I would tell her if she were ever in an accident, no matter how small, it is her civic duty to exchange information. And for some reason if she couldn't, to immediately report the incident to the police."
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