Lindsay Lohan might avoid jail by serving home detention
Actress Lindsay Lohan has applied to be part of a home electronic monitoring program, which could effectively keep her out of jail.
Even with a 120-day jail sentence for violating probation, Lohan would likely only serve a fraction of that time.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said a 120-day sentence effectively is reduced to 71 days because of good behavior, and with overcrowding is reduced to about 14 days. Electronic monitoring, if approved, would be for the shorter period, Whitmore said.
"She is not requesting or seeking special treatment," Lohan's attorney Shawn Holley said at a news conference after Wednesday's court hearing, in which the attorney entered Lohan's no-contest plea to a misdemeanor theft charge for taking a necklace from a Venice jewelry store.
Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner, citing a federal mandate on L.A. County jail overcrowding, said she could not dictate to Sheriff Lee Baca whether Lohan should serve jail time or home detention.
"It is like shopping at Costco with a triple discount," Sautner said of the notion that Lohan could end up with a short, monitored home detention.
Last month, Sautner ruled that the necklace incident was a violation of Lohan's probation in a drunk-driving case. Sautner ordered Lohan to spend 120 days in jail and serve 480 hours of community service, but Lohan quickly appealed that sentence. Wednesday, Holley said the actress was dropping the appeal.
Lohan must surrender on June 17 to the Sheriff's Department, at which time a decision will be made on whether she qualifies for home monitoring.
Under the electronic monitoring, she would be required to wear an ankle bracelet and must remain in home detention.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Lindsay Lohan. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press