Lindsay avoids immediate jail time for her grand larceny charges after paying her hefty bail and receiving a stern warning from the judge. But what’s next?
Lindsay Lohan plead not guilty on a felony grand larceny charge at the LA Airport Court this afternoon. She arrived wearing a tight, short, long-sleeved white dress and an eyewitness exclusively tells us, “Lindsay looked very confident and not in the least bit scared.” After her hearing she took her fifth mugshot and was then released after paying $40,000 in bail via her bail bondsman.
Lindsay, 24, is being accused of stealing a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store in Venice Beach, California and could receive up to three years in a state prison, although her sentence will likely be less if she is found guilty. She was formally arraigned on her theft charge today by Judge Keith Schwartz and she will have to appear in court again on Feb. 23. Lindsay is being defended by Shawn Chapman Holley, and the DA prosecuting her is Danette Meyers.
Lindsay’s probation has been revoked, which lead to an addition $20,000 bail on top of her $20,000 bail from her theft charge. Judge Schwartz made it clear that Lindsay cannot mess up again. “I’m trying to put this as politely as possible […] You are in a different situation now that a felony has been filed against you. If you violate the law I will remand you and set no bail. You’re no different than anyone else. Don’t push your luck.” He also told her not to contact the jewelry store while the case was pending, since apparently someone sent flowers to the store after the theft.
The actress has six months left on her probation, from a previous DUI conviction, and an attorney has told us she will likely have to serve that time now, in addition to any jail time she may receive from her felony charge, if convicted.
This is hardly Lindsay’s first run-in with the law. She was first arrested in May 2007 for a DUI, and then again arrested for a second DUI that same July. She plead guilty in August to two misdemeanor counts of being under the influence of cocaine and no contest to two counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent and one count of reckless driving and spent 84 minutes in jail.
She was sentenced to three years of probation, but eventually had to ask for a year-long extension to complete her alcohol education classes. In May 2010 a judge issued a warrant for her arrest after she missed a scheduled DUI hearing. In July 2010 she was ordered to spend 90 days in jail, although she ended up only serving 14 and checked into rehab. After being released from rehab early, Lindsay failed a drug test and was sent to jail in September, although she got out of serving time by checking into the Betty Ford Clinic. While there, Lindsay got into an altercation with a Betty Ford worker, and she’s still dealing with the repercussions.
This felony charge for Lindsay is her most serious yet, since a felony record can stay with you for life. Hopefully this will give Lindsay the wake-up call she so badly deserves.