Lindsay Lohan posts bail quickly — practice makes perfect?
Lindsay Lohan might not be so good at probation, but she appears to have the bail thing nailed. Never dismiss the power of "practice, practice, practice."
Lohan promptly posted $100,000 bond Wednesday, with L.A. Now reporting she'd spent less than an hour in custody after Judge Stephanie Sautner revoked her probation, pending a hearing set for Nov. 2.
Before her client was cuffed, attorney Shawn Chapman Holley had pointed out that Lilo's bail bondsman was in the court and ready to go to work if the judge wanted to skip any steps, but Sautner wasn't about to catch that Hail Mary. "No," she said, the sheriff's deputies were going to do their thing. "Take her into custody."
At the next hearing, the judge will decide after hearing from witnesses whether Lohan has again violated the terms of her probation — which Sautner referred to as "a gift, not a right." At issue? Did she show up in person for all required counseling sessions, and what exactly prompted the Downtown Women's Center to make her persona non grata regarding community service.
Should the actress be found in violation, it's unclear whether she'd actually head back to jail, or be looking at more home detention. In court the judge made reference to a massive, budget-related transfer of felons from state prisons to county lockups, which could make jails too crowded to house misdemeanor offenders.
Also Wednesday, the hits kept coming for Lindsay: While in court, TMZ said, she was served with notice of a civil suit being filed against her by Dawn Holland, the former Betty Ford Center worker who alleged Lohan roughed her up when she tried to administer a breath test for alcohol after the actress and others went AWOL from a sober house.
Though local police said they had enough evidence, Riverside County authorities in March decided against filing criminal charges related to the December 2010 altercation.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Lindsay Lohan listens to the judge in L.A. on Oct. 19. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times