Lindsay Lohan strikes plea deal, judge lays down law
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Lindsay Lohan struck a plea deal with prosecutors in Los Angeles Monday, cutting short what would have been the first day of her trial on charges of probation violation and three misdemeanors, including reckless driving and lying to police.
The actress is to serve 90 days in a locked rehabilitation facility, do 30 days community labor, and attend psychological counseling for 18 months.
She arrived nearly 50 minutes late to the courthouse, after hopping a last-minute flight on a private jet from New York.
In a hoarse voice, Lohan, 26, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors, with the remaining count dismissed.
Saying that her probation was being revoked and reinstated for 24 months under these new terms, Superior Court Judge James Dabney suspended a sentence of 180 days in county jail provided she continue to abide by the plea deal. He specified, "90 days in a locked facility . . . no day passes -- you can't leave."
She was ordered not to drive "with any measurable amounts of alcohol or drugs in your system," must submit to drug tests and stay away "from where buyers, users and sellers congregate."
The community labor may be done in New York, the judge said.
"Thankfully this matter has come to a successful conclusion," Lohan's attorney, Manhattan-based Mark Heller, told reporters outside the courthouse. Heller's news conference ended when Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, yelled, "Leave my daughter alone!"
Lohan's probation violation stemmed from three misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, providing false information to an officer and willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. The charges came after a June 8 car accident in which her Porsche collided with an 18-wheel truck.