Lindsay Lohan Jail Time in Sheriff’s Hands

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By Michael Lewittes

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Lindsay Lohan, via her attorney Shawn Holley, entered a no contest plea this morning, as expected. And the actress has applied to serve her sentence under house arrest with a monitoring device, as is common practice with non-violent misdemeanor offenders.

How many days — if any — Lohan will spend behind bars is now up to the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff’s Department, which oversees the jails. Today, however, judge Stephanie Sautner made clear that she does not want Lohan’s 480 hours of community service and house arrest to be concurrent. Sautner ordered the sentences be consecutive.

Interestingly, the judge also felt Lohan does not need a substance abuse program. “I don’t think the root of her problems is substance abuse,” said the judge. Nevertheless, Sautner wants Lohan to complete a “shoplifter’s alternative course” and receive psychological counseling. And while the judge doesn’t necessarily agree with how time behind bars is decided, she noted the jails are overcrowded and it’s ultimately the sheriff’s call on how much time (if any) someone gets behind bars.

In addition to the “shoplifter’s alternative course,” the judge also told Lohan’s lawyer the actress can’t be within 100 feet of Kamofie & Company jewelers or have any direct or third-party contact with the store and its employees. Sautner slapped Lohan with fines totaling $200.

Once Lohan completes her time served (either behind bars or under house arrest), and then finishes her 480 hours of community service, she’s free and clear — though still under three years’ probation. What do you think of the judge’s decision?

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