Film actress Lorelei Grace Linklater, known for her role in the 2014 coming-of-age film “Boyhood,” was placed on deferred probation this week for cocaine possession.
Linklater, 24, the daughter of writer and director Richard Linklater, of Austin, pleaded guilty in April to a cocaine possession charge and 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother placed her on deferred probation for three years and fined her $1,000.
Linklater, whose most recent film, “Bomb City,” was filmed in Dallas, was arrested about 4:40 p.m. May 21, 2016, after she was involved in a two-vehicle wreck in the northbound lane of Interstate 35.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Francisco Velez noted in an arrest affidavit that Linklater “had a blank look on her face” and told the trooper she could not remember in which lane she was driving. She also said she was taking medication for depression, according to records filed in the case.
The trooper asked her to perform a series of field sobriety tests and later arrested her for driving while intoxicated. The trooper found “several miscellaneous pills” in Linklater’s purse and found a baggie containing cocaine in her purse.
The indictment against Linklater charged her with possession of less than 1 gram of cocaine.
There is no final judgment of guilt and no final conviction for defendants who successfully complete deferred probation.
Prosecutors did not pursue the DWI charge against Linklater as part of her plea agreement, court records show.
“She is a very nice, young lady who made a very simple mistake and accepted responsibility for it, and the judge imposed a very appropriate punishment,” said Linklater’s attorney, Rob Swanton.
Her father’s first big movie hit was “Dazed and Confused,” a 1993 film shot primarily in Central Texas and featured young actors Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck. He has since gone on to write and direct a number of films, including “Before Sunrise” and “Boyhood,” which was filmed from 2002 to 2013 and included his daughter, who portrayed the sister of the main character.