Lindsay Lohan could be ordered back to jail Friday
Call it the fall sequel.
Lindsay Lohan will waltz past camera-wielding paparazzi and onto a stage Friday in an all-too-familiar scene. But it won't be a red-carpet premiere.
It will be a hearing in Beverly Hills, during which a judge could decide to send the troubled actress back to jail after she failed to abide by his warning.
Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox issued a no-bail bench warrant for Lohan after she failed a mandatory drug test. The warrant requires her to show up in court Friday or face arrest. The "Mean Girls" star already has served 13 days in jail and another 23 days in a lock-down rehab center at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center this summer for violating her probation in a 2007 driving-under-the-influence conviction.
She was released from the UCLA center after she pledged to abide by a strict, twice-weekly random drug-testing regime. Fox warned her he would put in jail for 30 days if she tested positive or skipped a test.
Two weeks ago, despite pledges of sobriety, Lohan tested positive for traces of cocaine, according to several law enforcement sources.
Friday's hearing is not slated to be a probation-violation hearing, according to prosecutors. However, Fox may use it to hold Lohan in jail for 30 days until a hearing on that issue next month, sources familiar with the case said.
The judge, according to one law enforcement source, knows that if he sentences Lohan to 30 days in jail, she would probably serve about five days or less because of overcrowding.
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office, which previously demanded jail time for the actress because she failed to attend the required number of alcohol-education classes, this time wants to go along with Fox's decision.
"What the judge decides, we will abide by," said spokeswoman Jane Robison.
Unless the actress' attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, can pull off a courtroom miracle, legal experts suggest that Lohan's Friday evening will be spent inside a jail cell in Lynwood rather than the Chateau Marmont.
"Ms. Lohan's get-out-of-jail-free card has expired," said Glen Jonas, a veteran criminal defense attorney. "However, if I were defending her, I would seek 90 days lock-down rehabilitation with jail-time credit waived. That way she receives the help she needs but the court is not perceived as catering to her celebrity status."
Legal experts say Lohan has taken at least one step this time to make the judge believe she is serious. She is no longer in denial. The starlet admitted on her Twitter feed that she failed the test.
"Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test and if I am asked, I am prepared to appear before judge Fox next week as a result," she wrote. "This was certainly a setback for me but I am taking responsibility for my actions and I'm prepared to face the consequences."
-- Richard Winton
Photo credit: Los Angeles County Jail