Could Lindsay Lohan Avoid Jail Time by Going to Rehab?
(LOS ANGELES) — Lindsay Lohan could reportedly avoid jail time in her car crash case if she goes to rehab, but it seems she isn’t willing to take that deal, TMZ is reporting.
The Mean Girls star faces misdemeanor charges, including lying to police, in connection with a collision between her Porsche and a dump truck on the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, Calif., last June.
TMZ has also reported that Lohan’s breath smelled of alcohol at the time of the accident, and that a bottle of alcohol was found next to her car.
According to TMZ.com, Santa Monica prosecutors on Wednesday were prepared to offer Lohan a plea deal under which she’d avoid jail but have to spend 60 days in rehab, attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and perform community service.
The gossip site said prosecutors and Lohan’s lawyer, Mark Heller, negotiated over the phone Wednesday, and that the rehab stint could be as little as 30 days.
However, Lohan is reportedly not budging. Sources tells TMZ that the actress feels going to rehab would be “punishment for something I didn’t do.”
If the negotiations fail, a trial could begin as soon as March 18.
Meanwhile, Lohan has a hearing scheduled for this Friday in California in her probation violation case. Her probation stemming from a 2011 necklace theft case was revoked as a result of the charges related to the car crash.
Heller tells E! News that Lohan is expected to appear in person at the hearing. He claims that the actress has experienced an “epiphany” and that she’s been “traumatized” by all of her legal woes.
Heller last Friday filed court documents requesting a “continuance” in the probation violation case, as well as the dismissal of the charges in the car crash case. In a letter accompanying the documents, the attorney said Lohan wants to give inspirational talks at schools and hospitals, and establish a foundation benefiting young people.
Yet another case, involving Lohan’s alleged physical altercation with a psychic at a New York City nightclub last November, is still pending.
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