Kiefer Sutherland Pleads No Contest to DUI Charge

Kiefer Sutherland has struck a plea bargain in his DUI case, and still has yet to see if this will mean jail time for him.

The "24" star pleaded no contest Tuesday, Oct. 9 to a misdemeanor drunk-driving charge, stemming from a September arrest, report news sources.

"I'm very disappointed in myself for the poor judgment I exhibited recently, and I'm deeply sorry for the disappointment and distress this has caused my family, friends and co-workers on '24' and at 20th Century Fox," Sutherland said in a statement. "I appreciate the support and concern that has been extended to me these last weeks both personally and professionally."

Fox also released its own statement: "Kiefer made clear to us at the time of his arrest that his first concern was the welfare of those he worked with and that he intended to do whatever was necessary to prevent shutting down the show because of his situation. He told us that even if he had to sacrifice more time in custody in order to protect the show and the jobs of those who work with him, he would do so. From what occurred today, it is evident he is a man of his word. We wish him well and look forward to a long relationship with him."

Sutherland will be arraigned next week and then sentenced on Dec. 21. The Los Angeles City Attorney's office is recommending that he be sentenced to 48 days in jail –- 30 days for the DUI conviction, and an additional 18 days for violating his probation, from a 2004 DUI conviction.

Early Sept. 25, the Emmy-winning actor was arrested after attempting an illegal U-turn in West Hollywood. He was pulled over at 1:35 a.m. and a breathalyzer test showed that his blood alcohol level was above the .08 limit for California. Sutherland posted $25,000 bail later that morning.

Production is still underway on the seventh season of "24."