Lindsay Lohan Trades Jail for Lockdown Rehab in Plea Deal. Will It Help?
Lindsay Lohan struck a plea deal after pleading no contest to charges of reckless driving and lying to the police. Will 90 days of lockdown rehab help her?
Well, Lindsay Lohan may not be going back to jail—but she IS going to be locked down for a while.
The troubled starlet struck a plea deal in court yesterday, agreeing to spend 90 days in a lockdown rehab facility as penance for her latest legal problem. Additionally, TMZ reports that she’ll need to complete 30 days of community service and undergo 18 months of psychotherapy. There’s also a mandatory five-day jail stay for reckless driving, but LiLo’s jail time will be folded into her 90 days of lockdown rehab. She’ll do the rehab in New York, she’ll (obviously) need to stay clear of drugs and drug users, and she’ll be required to submit to drug testing.
For those of you who have lost track of Lindsay’s legal exploits (and we wouldn’t blame you if you had), yesterday’s hearing dealt with the traffic accident in which she was involved last June while shooting Liz and Dick (insert “I’M SO BORED!” joke here). Long story short: LiLo crashed her Porsche into an 18-wheeler. Lindsay told officers at the time of the crash that her assistant had been behind the wheel; however, according to a statement later released by the Santa Monica police, “During the subsequent investigation, information was developed that Lohan was the driver of the Porsche when the accident occurred.”
No goodt, LiLo—especially since she was already on probation for her previous shoplifting offense at the time. As a result, she was charged with three misdemeanors: Obstructing or resisting a police officer, providing false information to a police officer, and reckless driving. Lindsay plead no contest to the charges; under the plea deal, she avoids a six-month jail term for violating her probation as long as she doesn’t end up on the wrong side of the law again.
The judge who presided over the hearing had a few words of advice for LiLo, too. “A suggestion: Don’t drive,” he said. “You’re in New York. You don’t need to drive.” Though Lindsay apparently chuckled a little here, the judge continued on a more somber note, “This is it. You violate your probation, we are not going to have a discussion about violation. We will sentence you and be done with it. Please take this seriously.”
Think it’ll help? LiLo’s lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, commented, “Thankfully this matter has come to a successful conclusion… I’m very confident you won’t be seeing Lindsay Lohan in any criminal courts anytime in the future.” We’re a little less sure—the last time it looked like Lindsay was turning her life around, she kind of, um, didn’t—but hey, at least it will keep her off the roads for a while.
Also, someone glitter-bombed her on her way into the courthouse. Why? No idea. Stranger things have happened…
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.