Amanda Bynes Pleads Not Guilty to Two Counts of Hit-and-Run

Actress Amanda Bynes arrives at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at Universal Studios' Gibson Amphitheatre on June 5, 2011 in Universal City, California.  Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Amanda Bynes is maintaining her innocence.

The Easy A actress pleaded not guilty to two counts of hit-and-run Thursday, TMZ reports. 

Bynes, 26, was not present in the California court (she's currently in New York City), but her lawyer appeared on her behalf.

The former Nickelodeon star was charged earlier this month after she was allegedly involved in two L.A.-area hit-and-run incidents in April and August. If she is convicted, she could face up to a year in jail.

Bynes also faces one DUI charge and two charges of driving on a suspended license. Her next court hearing is Oct. 19.

A fellow former child star with some experience in the courtroom definitely has some opinions on Bynes' struggles. An angry Lindsay Lohan, also 26, recently tweeted, "Why did I get put in jail and a nickelodeon star has had no punishment(s) so far?"

On Thursday, Lohan's mother Dina Lohan also offered some words of advice to Bynes' parents. "Just be around," Dina told Entertainment Tonight. "It's hard when your daughter's not, you know, over 18, and you want to let them go . . . and they want to, you know, feel like they're in control of themselves. So it's a very strategic place for a parent to be, but she'll be ok."

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