Lindsay Lohan is only 26 years old, yet she appears to have run out of options for avoiding trial and jail time. She was to appear at an 8:30 a.m. hearing on Monday, but missed her flight and showed up after 9 a.m. Upon her arrival, she was glitter bombed by someone in the crowd that assembled outside the court. A March 18 TMZ report indicates that Lohan and the court worked out a plea arrangement to serve 90 days in locked rehabilitation. Lindsay pleaded "no contest" to reckless driving and lying to police after her she crashed her car last June. She will also complete 30 days of community labor and will take psychotherapy for 18 months minus credit for previous psychotherapy.
Lohan was also sentenced to 180 days for admitting to a probation violation on charges she took a $2,500 necklace without permission from the owner, a jeweler who sold upscale goods. The judge stayed the 180 day sentence provided she stays out of trouble. She could have been sentenced to a maximum of 245 days in jail.
According to a March 18 ABC News LA article, Lohan faced three misdemeanor charges: obstructing justice, lying to police officers and reckless driving. She just managed to stay out of court, avoid a trial and stay out of jail as long as she stays out of trouble.
Lohan has been under some form of probation or working some form of court since 2007 when police arrested her for driving under the influence on two occasions. Her career and her life went into a downward spiral with no sign of improvement, yet she has repeatedly avoided jail and trial.
To add to her troubles, Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, is no longer available as she left the case this year. Holley had kept Lohan out of jail and trial for probation violations and the alleged theft. According to a March 18 LA Times article, her father, Michael Lohan, hired lawyer David E. Wohl to represent her today.
Her New York-based attorney, Mark Jay Heller, who has his own problems, is also representing her. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Dabney, reprimanded Heller. The judge questioned whether Heller’s could adequately defend Lohan in California. Apparently, Heller could not demonstrate a familiarity with California's criminal-law system. Other lawyers, however, are waiting in the wings.
It looks like Lohan will be taking court and jail much more seriously as her ability to dodge the consequences of her troubles is ending.