Lindsay Lohan taken away in handcuffs after probation is revoked
Actress Lindsay Lohan was sent back to jail Wednesday when a judge revoked her probation pending a hearing to determine whether she violated her probation on drunk-driving and jewelry theft convictions.
Her bail was set at $100,000 and L.A. County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner told Lohan that if she wanted to mitigate any further punishment, she should complete 16 hours of community service at the county coroner's office between now and her Nov. 2 probation violation hearing.
Lohan earlier this year served 35 days under house detention at her home in Venice, in lieu of a 120-day jail sentence, because her misdemeanor shoplifting conviction was a nonviolent offense.
Sautner reviewed Lohan's probation progress as part of a sentence stemming from a 2007 drunk-driving conviction and the May theft conviction.
Sautner said Lohan deliberately "blew off" the 360 hours of community service that she had been ordered to complete at the Downtown Women's Center, missing nine appointments and logging just 21 hours.
"I thought she could be of value to downtown women's center but obviously not " Saunter said. "She has to do 56 of 60 days [of community service] with six months already gone."
"How many violations have there been?" Sautner said, noting numerous prior transgressions. "Probation is a gift not a right."
The judge, however, admitted that jail is not really a place for Lohan because that is now where felons are being sent by the state. The judge said that if the actress does make bail, she must perform two days a week of her 120 hours' community service at the morgue.
The actress rarely appeared at a women's shelter for the 360 hours of required service and never showed up at the coroner's office, where she was supposed to complete another 120 hours.
The judge said she never approved of Lohan performing community service with the American Red Cross rather than the women's shelter and those hours won't count toward her sentence.
Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, said the actress "had to earn a living to support herself and her family" and her opportunities are in Europe.
— Richard Winton at L.A. County Superior Court
Photo: Lindsay Lohan is taken into custody Wednesday after having her probation revoked. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times