Former star of The OC Mischa Barton was formally charged with drink-driving, driving without a licence and possession of marijuana in LA on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old was busted in west Hollywood two days after Christmas.

But her lawyer was putting a positive spin on the charges. “We are pleased that the District Attorney’s Office has very carefully reviewed all the evidence in Ms Barton’s matter and has chosen to file only misdemeanor charges against her,” said Anthony Salerno.

“The DA’s Office is to be commended for treating this case the same as it would any other matter; Ms Barton has received no special treatment, and they have done the same diligent review that they do in every case.

“As previously stated, Ms Barton has taken full responsibility for any mistakes in judgment that she may have made.”

According to E!Online, police pulled Mischa over after spotting her white Range Rover straddling two lanes. She then failed to signal before making a left turn.

Mischa told Ryan Seacrest soon after the arrest: “Obviously, I’m 100 percent responsible for my actions in this case, and I’m really disappointed in myself. I don’t know what to say about it, except I’m not perfect. I just don’t ever intend to do something this stupid again.”

The court case begins on Thursday.