What is a suspended sentence as Katie Price swerves jail over drink driving

Katie Price has swerved jail by being handed a suspended sentence for drink driving, driving whilst disqualified, and without insurance.

The 43 year old appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 15 December to hear whether she would be facing jail time or not, following a crash near her home in Sussex in September.

Katie was told she was "extremely lucky" by District Judge Amanda Kelly, who explained the star wouldn't be facing prison for her actions.

The mum of five received a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to the charges earlier this year.

A suspended prison sentence means Katie will not spend time behind bars, should she stick to the conditions set out by the judge.

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The most common conditions are having to stay away from a specific person or place, or being ordered to do unpaid community work, also referred to as Community Payback.

Unpaid work takes place in your local community, and can include things such as graffiti removal.

Those who are convicted of a crime by a court, but not sent to prison, are usually sentenced to a set amount of hours of unpaid work to complete as an alternative.

These types of sentences are most regularly given to those who have committed crimes such as damaging property, benefit fraud or assault.

Other offenders who are frequently considered for suspended sentences are those who have no previous convictions, suffer from a mental health condition, or are more likely to be rehabilitated if they do not go to prison.

While Katie has been handed a suspended sentence, she has been ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work in the local community, and has had two years added her to driving ban.

The star has also been ordered to pay £213, a total cost made up of £85 in court fees and a £128 victim surcharge.

Katie stood alone in the court as District Judge Amanda Kelly told her: "When you chose to get behind the wheel that night you showed no concern for others. You could have killed somebody.

"Your actions meant the emergency services had to use up their precious time. You knowingly and deliberately flouted a court order and not for the first time.

"You seem to think you are above the law."

District Judge Kelly added: "I cannot send you to jail today even though you may deserve to spend Christmas behind bars.

"You are extremely lucky the magistrates on a previous occasion decided to defer their decision."

Katie's sentencing was previously delayed after she entered The Priory clinic on September 29 to seek help for her addiction, and she completed her treatment on November 1.

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