"Don’t push your luck.”
That’s the warning a Los Angeles judge delivered to Lindsay Lohan yesterday as she pleaded not guilty to felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a $2,500, “one-of-a-kind” necklace from a California jewelry store.
Lohan, who cat-walked into court in big, dark sunglasses, black stilettos and a tight white mini-dress straight out of “Basic Instinct,” was remanded on $20,000 bail, but it only got worse for the “Mean Girl” as Judge Keith Schwartz threatened to toss her in jail if she doesn’t stay out of trouble.
“If you violate the law I will remand you and set no bail,” he said. “You need to follow the laws just like everybody else. … You’re no different than anyone else, so please don’t push your luck.”
“Do you understand what I’m telling you?” he asked.
She replied: “Yes sir,” avoiding tears unlike her infamous court date last July when she was sentenced to prison.
According to TMZ, Lohan chose her white dress to “symbolize her innocence.”
Schwartz also remanded the star on violation of probation from her 2007 DUI case, holding her on an additional $20,000 bail followed by the verbal beat down.
Lohan posted the total $40,000 bail yesterday afternoon.
If convicted of theft, she faces up to three years in prison. Her next court date is Feb. 23, when her attorney and will discuss settling the case with the district attorney
Regardless of the outcome of the theft case, Lohan, 24, could automatically get six months in jail for the probation violation, though she’d likely serve much less.
Schwartz also forbade Lohan and her “agents” from contacting the jewelry store because Lohan reportedly sent it flowers, according to TMZ.
LiLo allegedly stole the necklace — which is gold with semi-precious stones — on Jan. 22. Security footage reportedly recorded her wearing the piece and walking out of the store with it, and photos a week later allegedly show her wearing it.
She has said the store loaned it to her and that an assistant didn’t return it in time.
Lohan is also being investigated for allegedly assaulting an employee at the Betty Ford Center, where last month she wrapped up her court-mandated fifth stay in rehab after testing positive for drugs last year.
Neither Lohan’s rep nor attorney returned calls for comment.