Though Lindsay Lohan did not make the scene in one of her typical splashy court frocks, her lawyer entered a plea of no contest on behalf of the troubled actress Wednesday (May 11) in Los Angeles, possibly ending the latest chapter in the "Mean Girls" star's drama-filled offscreen life.
The plea was in connection with a jewelry-theft case in which Lohan was accused of walking out of a Venice, California, store with a necklace valued at $2,500. Lohan had been sentenced to 120 days in jail as well as 480 hours of community service last month by Judge Stephanie Sautner for violating her probation from a 2007 drunk-driving charge. The judge ruled that Lohan had violated the terms of her probation in that case by wearing the gold necklace out of the store in January and failing to return it.
The bulk of the community service (360 hours) — which Lohan has already begun — will be done at the Downtown Women's Center, and the remaining 120 hours will be at the L.A. County Morgue. In a big break for Lohan, once she has completed the 60 days of community service, her probation in the original DUI case will be terminated and she may be allowed to serve the 120-day sentence at home with an electronic monitoring device on her ankle. However, she will now be on probation for three years on the theft charge.
Given the realities of the chronically overcrowded Los Angeles jail system, TMZ reported that Lohan's actual sentence will likely amount to around 17 days. Lohan is slated to turn herself in on Tuesday to face booking in the case, and at that time, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department will determine if she's eligible for home detention.
Court officials and Lohan's lawyer stressed that the actress did not get any special treatment, but rather the same consideration that anyone with her criminal history would have gotten.
Lohan gambled and rejected a plea deal in March that would have sent her to jail for 90 days in favor of having her day in court. She pleaded not guilty in March to charges that she stole the necklace; the original felony grand theft charge was eventually reduced to a misdemeanor. Had the felony charge stuck, Lohan would have been looking at a potential sentence of three years in prison.
During the hearing, Sautner said she doesn't think Lohan's problem is substance abuse, but rather stems from the actress self-medicating to deal with the stress of her problems, which is why she didn't not order the actress to undergo any further substance-abuse counseling. She does, however, have to undergo psychological counseling and shoplifters alternative classes. She was also ordered to not go within 100 feet of the jewelry store.