"The Commonwealth has agreed to reduce the current felony charge to a misdemeanour of possession of a controlled substance," McGowan's attorney, James W. Hundley, said in a statement to USA TODAY.
As part of her plea agreement, McGowan will avoid jail time and pay a fine. Also, she could have faced up to 10 years behind bars if convicted.
"Ms. McGowan has accepted this agreement in order to spare her family, her friends and her supporters the emotional strain of a criminal trial," Hundley added.
The "Scream" star has now to appear in court on January 15.
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