Lindsay Lohan accepts plea deal with rehab
POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:24pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 6:24pm
LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan agreed to spend 90 days in a "locked in" drug rehab facility as part of a plea deal to settle criminal charges against her Monday.
The actress entered pleas of no contest on two misdemeanor charges relating to a traffic accident last summer, and she did not challenge the finding that she violated her shoplifting probation with those convictions.
"A suggestion -- don't drive," Los Angeles Superior Judge James Dabney told Lohan after he handed down her sentence.
Her six years of legal troubles trace back to two drunken driving arrests in 2007 and include other incidents in which she was behind the wheel.
Although she was sentenced to jail time, including five days and 90 days on two charges, the judge will allow her to serve it in rehab.
The sentence extends Lohan's probation for two years and requires 18 months of psychotherapy.
"This is it," Dabney told her. "You violate your probation, and we're not going to have discussions of putting you back on probation."
Lohan was charged with reckless driving and lying to a police officer about a June 2012 car crash in which her Porsche crashed in to a dump truck on the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, California. Her arrest triggered the probation violation charge.
The police report said Lohan denied being behind the wheel, but the prosecutor was expected to call witnesses who say she was driving.
Lohan acknowledged her drug and alcohol addiction in past court appearances.
She's spent 250 days in five rehab facilities since January 2007, including one long court-ordered stint after a failed drug test.
The actress has appeared in court at least 20 times before four Los Angeles judges who have now found her in violation of probation six times and sentenced her to a total of nine months in jail.
Lohan has spent about two weeks behind bars in six trips to the Los Angeles County jail, served 35 days under house arrest and worked about 67 days of community service at the county morgue.