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Lindsay Lohan's stay at Betty Ford Center could be viewed favorably by court

October 1, 2010 |  9:23 am

Lindsay Lohan’s treatment at the Betty Ford Center is seen by those connected with the case as a first step toward her accepting that she needs to change her lifestyle and may persuade a judge not to send her back to jail.

After a summer of headlines focusing on court hearings rather than red carpets, 13 days in jail and 23 days in a UCLA rehab center, Lohan faces an Oct. 22 probation violation hearing for using narcotics.

Sources connected with her case say Beverly Hills Judge Elden Fox may look favorably on her decision to enter the Betty Ford Center earlier this week, but others caution it was her only option.

The decision by Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, to convince another judge to release Lohan on $300,000 bail last week after 15 hours in jail could make for a tough hearing.

"If Judge Fox would have been satisfied with checking into rehabilitation, he would have proposed that as a disposition for admitting the probation violation," said Glen Jonas, a veteran defense attorney unconnected to the Lohan case.

"Judge Fox is a fair judge, so he will consider her efforts toward rehabilitation, but there is a larger issue to deal with, and that is teaching her to respect the terms of her probation as well as the orders of the court," Jonas continued. "I expect he will sentence her to at least 30 days jail and possibly more."

A source not authorized to speak publicly said Lohan's camp must ensure she does not run with the crowd who previously got her into trouble.

The Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage has helped such celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Downey Jr., and Lohan’s mother and management team believe it could do the same for the troubled starlet, sources said.

While Lohan tested positive for cocaine after her release earlier this month from rehab and jail, Sheriff’s Department sources say she showed no signs of withdrawal when she entered the Century Regional Detention Facility this summer.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Lindsay Lohan. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times