Has Lindsay Lohan's Legal Drama Cost Taxpayers Millions?

Lindsay Lohan

Everybody has an opinion about Lindsay Lohan.

Most people have negative feelings about the once-promising actress, bemoaning her wasted talent, how tiresome the media's blanket coverage of her continuous troubles has become and her apparent disregard for the orders of the court. (This would all be over if you'd just do your damn community service, Lindsay! Shut up and get to the morgue; someone's gotta scrub those floors and a judge determined that that person is you whether you like it or not.)

Anyway, something else has recently come to light regarding Lohan that is probably going to make people even more angry – her never-ending court saga has likely cost California taxpayers millions, according to a report from FOX News.

"From logistics to the transcript reporters to the clerks, it is exorbitantly expensive to have a court appearance. It is important we understand what a waste of time this is,” former federal prosecutor Michael Wildes of Wildes & Weinberg tells FOX. “It costs tens of thousands of dollars per court appearance for all the clerks, the security, and those court reporters who get paid by the page, not to mention all the collateral support for something like this. Plus it diverts the administration of justice for other matters."

If Wildes' estimate is true – that the combined cost of staffing and securing each appearance costs many thousand dollars – it should be multiplied by 20, which is how many court appearances Lohan has made since her first arrest in 2007 for drunk driving. That adds up to a whole lot of cash.

We're far from a legal expert, but we can say with absolute certainty that if she'd just obeyed the judge way back in 2007, paid her fines, did her community service (which at one time was a manageable amount of hours), gone to the same alcohol/drug-awareness class that everybody in her position is tasked with and kept her head down, this would all be over. Done. Finished. In the past.

(We never really bought that she stole that necklace and if the situation hadn't added up to yet another probation violation, it's likely we never would have even known it happened.)

The public is forgiving to an extent, so it's likely she would still be a movie star.

But here we are over four years later and this is still going on. And now there's another reason for people to be mad at Lindsay Lohan – she's a menace, you see, costing taxpayers in a particularly beleaguered state millions.

How do you feel about taxpayers footing such a huge bill for Lindsay Lohan's ongoing legal issues? Tell us in the comments.