LATEST: Britney Spears' lawyer has turned down a plea deal on behalf of his client - to keep her out of court - because he doesn't want the pop star to be labelled a criminal.
In a pretrial hearing on Wednesday morning (08Oct08), Michael Flanagan turned down the prosecution team's offer of a $150 (GBP81) fine and 12 months probation to make Spears' California driving license issues go away - because, to get it, she would have to accept she's guilty of a criminal offence.
As a result, it now looks as if the trial will proceed as planned next week (beg13Octo8).
Spears was caught driving without a valid California state license last year (07).