Declaring, "Nowhere did I say, 'Substantial compliance is good enough,' " Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel Tuesday afternoon sentenced Lindsay Lohan to 90 days in jail followed by 90 days of inpatient rehab after determining that the actress had violated probation in her August 2007 DUI case.
In handing down the sentence, which included other provisions including abstaining from alcohol, Revel recounted the severity of Lohan's driving offenses, including her denial she was the driver after a car collision.
At the request of Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, Revel ordered Lohan, 24, to surrender to the court on July 20 at 8:30 a.m. She will have to continue wearing her SCRAM alcohol-monitoring bracelet until that time.
Lohan quickly left the courtroom and rushed into a waiting vehicle without comment.
On the courthouse steps minutes later, Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, and his attorney Lisa Bloom appeared. Though distraught, Michael Lohan said he took consolation in his daughter getting medical attention. "For Lindsay to be going to rehab is a big victory for us," Bloom said.
During the hearing, Michael Lohan had asked Bloom to give the court a request for rehab in lieu of jail.
Lindsay Lohan addressed the judge prior to sentencing, telling her "that as far as I know, I was being in compliance with Right On Programs," the alcohol-education program the court found she had not attended once a week as ordered. "When I would ask to leave town, they would give me permission to leave town. . . . I was not expecting any special treatment," she said. "I have to work . . . and my schedule is very different" from most people's.
Lohan broke down sobbing after a minute, telling the judge, "I did do everything that I was told to do and did the best I could. . . . I'm not taking this as a joke - it's my life, it's my entire career."
The proceeding began with Holley and Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers, the prosecutor, debating with Revel about whether the starlet's alcohol-monitoring bracelet going off at an MTV Movie Awards after-party meant Lohan had consumed alcohol or whether it was a device malfunction.
That became a moot point when Revel said the issue was relevant only to bail and not to this probation hearing, which centered on Lohan's attendance at an alcohol-education program.
Following witnesses including Cheryl Marshall, co-owner of Right On Programs Inc., and Beryl Washington, the program's office manager, Meyers summed up at the end of the daylong hearing that, "Not once, but seven times she has not complied with this court's order" to attend the program once a week. "Once you could excuse. Twice, an oversight. . . . Seven times, the court is irrelevant to her."
The sentence technically runs 30 days on the reckless driving charge and 30 days each on two DUI charges served consecutively.