Friday, February 25, 2011

Lindsay Lohan heads off for lunch with the girls as deadline looms on judge's jail time deal


Lunch run: Lindsay Lohan visited Wholefoods in Venice, California, with her mother Dina and sister Ali after her court appearance

Lindsay Lohan dashed off for lunch with her mother Dina and younger sister Ali after her hearing at a Los Angeles court yesterday.

The Mean Girls star swapped out of her Chanel outfit into comfortable leggings and a cardigan before stopping in for refreshments at her local Wholefoods in Venice, California.

The actress, 24, is now being forced to consider her future after a judge gave her two weeks to decide if she will fight or take a plea deal in a felony grand theft case.

Sources claim Lindsay, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge, believes she is innocent and wants to go to trial, while other insiders say her legal team are encouraging her to accept the deal.

Either decision could send the troubled starlet back behind bars.

Considering her future: Lindsay has to decide by March 10 if she will accept a plea deal that will include jail time

Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz told Lohan he would sentence her to jail if she accepted a plea deal involving the theft of a $2,500 necklace from an upscale jewellery store.

Rejecting the deal would trigger a hearing during which prosecutors would present some of their evidence to another judge.

Schwartz said that judge would sentence Lohan for a probation violation if she determined Lohan should stand trial.

That could mean Lohan is sentenced to jail even before the theft case is tried.

Schwartz has said he thinks the actress violated her probation in a 2007 drunken driving case, and two other judges have warned Lohan she faced a return to jail if she got into trouble again.

Quick change: The actress swapped out of her Chanel outfit into more comfortable attire

That was before police began investigating the Mean Girls star last month after the necklace was reported missing from the store in the Venice area of Los Angeles.

The necklace was given to detectives by an unidentified Lohan associate before police could serve a search warrant.

Prosecutors gave Lohan's attorney Shawn Holley a copy of surveillance video from the jewellery store and police reports in the case.

The potential evidence will now be reviewed by Lohan and Holley, who must decide how to proceed before the actress returns to court on March 10.

Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, agreed with the judge's assessment after the hearing, saying his divorce from his wife had created many of their daughter's problems.

Michael Lohan believes his daughter should fight the theft case.

'I don't see Lindsay as a criminal,' he said. 'This is all a result of her addiction.'

source: dailymail

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