updated 06/06/2012 AT 12:40 PM ET
•originally published 06/05/2012 AT 8:15 PM ET
Amanda Bynes was charged on Tuesday with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – then took her case directly to the White House.
The misdemeanor charge filed Tuesday relates to her April 6 arrest, when Bynes was pulled over at 3 a.m. in West Hollywood after allegedly sideswiping a police car in her BMW when she tried to make a right turn.
The criminal complaint also alleges that Bynes refused to complete a Breathalyzer or drug test.
On Wednesday, Bynes’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. The actress was not required to appear in court.
If convicted she faces a maximum penalty as a first-time offender of 48 hours in jail, three years probation and a nine-month alcohol program. She could also lose her driver’s license for a year.
This was the beginning and most serious of several other recent driving mishaps for the starlet.
About a week after her arrest, she backed over a curb while texting, right before going to a West Hollywood nightclub, and a week later was spotted holding up traffic while making a slow three-point U-turn.