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Lindsay Lohan seeks to avoid jail time in necklace theft case; expert doubtful

February 22, 2011 | 12:17 pm

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With Lindsay Lohan set to appear in court Wednesday, her attorney says the actress would be open to a plea deal in the case in which she is accused of stealing a necklace if she can avoid jail time.

But some legal experts were doubtful that Lohan could avoid some type of jail sentence given her legal history.

Dmitry Gorin, a veteran former prosecutor, said Lohan's attorney Shawn Chapman Holley would have a hard time avoiding another trip to jail for her client. He noted Lohan was already on probation for a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence. If she were to receive probation after being charged with a felony, Gorin said, the district attorney could face accusations of giving Lohan special treatment.

Her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, has said she is willing to consider a deal.

"Ms. Lohan maintains her innocence, and now that I've seen the police reports, I believe the case is entirely defensible," Holley said in an interview with CNN last week. "Having said that, we will entertain a discussion concerning a plea if it means no jail so that she can move forward with her recovery and her career."

The actress entered a not guilty plea in the case before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz, but the judge immediately revoked her probation related to a 2007 drunk-driving conviction.

She posted a $40,000 bond and was released.

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Photo: Photographs and reporters swarm the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse as Lindsay Lohan arrives for a hearing on felony grand theft charges. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

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