LiLo pleads no contest, gets a day in jail
Lindsay Lohan has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges against her, TMZ reports, reaching a deal that would result in her serving a day in jail. Attorney Blair Berk also entered no contest pleas for two counts of being under the influence of cocaint, two counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 and reckless driving on Lohan’s behalf. Two DUI counts were dropped.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge H. Chester Horn Jr. said Lohan must serve 36 months probation and attend alcohol education for 18 months for the first DUI count. She was also required to enroll in a drug program, TMZ says, and stay in her current rehab program in Utah for an unspecified amount of time.
Along with that, she’s ordered to serve 48 hours in jail, 24 of which must be before Jan. 18, and 10 days of community service. She was given credit for one day since she already spent time in the lockup following her last arrest.
She also has to pay hundreds of dollars in fines and must complete a three-day county coroner program in which she’ll visit a morgue and talk to victims of drunken drivers. The L.A. County District Attorney filed criminal charges against LiLo earlier on Thursday, but they were only seven misdemeanors, not felonies, which led to the plea deal.
“She’s getting what everyone else would get,” Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers told the AP after an hourlong hearing. If Lohan were to be convicted of another DUI, she would receive a mandatory 120-day jail sentence, Meyers said.
The actress has been busted twice since Memorial Day ( May 26 in Beverly Hills and on July 24 in Santa Monica), but each time the amount of cocaine found on her person was “below the .05 grams required by office policy for felony filing.” Of course it was, if it went up her nostrils!
“It is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs,” the 21-year-old actress said in a statement to the site.
“Recently, I relapsed and did things for which I am ashamed. I broke the law, and today I took responsibility by pleading guilty to the charges in my case. No matter what I said when I was under the influence on the day I was arrested, I am not blaming anyone else for my conduct other than myself. I thank God I did not injure others. I easily could have. ... Luckily, I am not alone in my daily struggle and I know that people like me have succeeded. Maybe with time it will become easier. I hope so.”
Also, she was ordered “not to associate with people with controlled substances,” but if she were able to do that, she likely wouldn’t have had a court date to begin with.
What is it with Hollywood? If The Juice* was arrested for chasing someone through the streets of Tampa while twice the legal limit for drunken driving drunk and holding a pocketful of coke, no doubt the D.A. would put us away for years.