Despite previously saying she would never accept punishment for her "lying to the police" case, because she was not guilty of anything, Lindsay Lohan on Monday signed on the dotted line for a plea agreement. The deal puts her in lockdown rehab for 90 days, but keeps her out of jail.
Lohan pleaded "no contest" to the crimes of reckless driving and lying to the authorities. In addition to rehab, Lindsay will perform 30 days of community service and undergo psychotherapy for 18 months. She will received credit for therapy time already completed; her new lawyer, Mark Heller, told prosecutors she was already undergoing treatment.
Although there is a mandatory five days in jail for reckless driving, it will be folded into Lohan's lockdown rehab, meaning that LiLo won't spend any time behind bars. She will also be able to do her rehab in New York City.
She must stay clear of drugs and drug users, and she must also submit to drug testing.
No contest or nolo contendere is a legal term that comes from the Latin for "I do not wish to contend." In criminal trials in certain U.S. jurisdictions, it serves as an alternative to pleading guilty or not guilty. A no-contest plea is technically not a guilty plea, but has the same immediate effect as a guilty plea, and is often offered as a part of a plea agreement.
In addition to her plea deal for the above, Lohan also admitted to a probation violation in her earlier jewelry heist case. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but that sentence was stayed and as long as she continues to obey all laws, she won't do any time.
Lohan showed little patience for her new attorney Mark Heller. Heller kept jumping up to speak, and she finally told him, "Don't say anything else." When Heller ignored her and rose to speak again, LiLo said, "Oh my god, I'm going to kill you."
Lindsay showed up 48 minutes late after missing two commercial flights from New York City to Los Angeles. She took a private jet, provided free of charge by energy drink Mr. Pink, and landed a little too late to make the court hearing on time.