CATEGORIES Celebrity GossipFrom PopEater: Reversing course to avert a trial, Lindsay Lohan is expected to plead no contest in her grand theft case on Wednesday, a move that would keep her out of jail and put the star back on course to revitalizing her career.
Not that she'll actually show up to court, though. Lohan is not required to appear at this hearing because her charge -- swiping a necklace from a store -- was reduced last month from a felony to a misdemeanor. Judge Stephanie Sautner did determine that Lohan violated her 2007 probation from a DUI arrest and sentenced the star to 120 days in jail.
She spent only a few hours inside after her lawyer, Shawn Holley, filed a notice of appeal for the four-month jail sentence. No further action on the appeal was ever taken.
At the time, Judge Sautner decided not to dismiss the case altogether, saying, "I'm going to give her an opportunity" to prove her innocence in a trial.
The actress recently turned down a pair of plea bargain offers in the theft case.
The 'Mean Girls' star is looking to get back to work on her comeback and was recently cast to play the wife of John Gotti Jr. in 'Gotti: Three Generations,' a biopic of the crime family. The film is scheduled to begin production later this year in New York.
Sofia Kaman, the owner of Kamofie & Co., testified in court that Lohan stole a $2,500 necklace from her store on Jan. 22. She told Judge Sautner that Lohan had been coming into the store all week to look at items, but never bought anything. She waited to report the necklace stolen because the actress had said she'd be back in a day to buy something else.
After a police report was filed, authorities reportedly waited until she was photographed wearing the necklace before deciding to pursue charges. A friend of the actress turned the necklace in to the Pacific Division of the LAPD on Feb. 2.
Lohan claims that the necklace was loaned to her -- and that her stylist simply forgot to return it in time. Kaman says she did not have any agreement with Lohan allowing her to leave the store with the necklace.
Lohan was officially charged during a hearing on Feb. 9. After pleading not guilty, Judge Keith Schwartz lanced into the actress for not taking the charges seriously. "If you violate the law again, I will remand you with no bail," he told her. "Things will be different."
The actress, who remains on probation in a 2007 drunken driving case, is accused of taking the necklace roughly three weeks after she was released from three months of court-ordered rehab at the Betty Ford Center.
Lohan has gotten her fill of jail time in recent years, ranging from 84 minutes to 14 days. Her early releases have been due to overcrowding and state-mandated credits for time-served.
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