Lindsay Lohan's legal woes end after five years
An L.A. County Superior Court judge ended Lindsay Lohan's supervised probation Thursday, praising her for completing her community service and ending five years of criminal court appearances that saw her jailed several times.
The hearing at the Airport Courthouse was the final probation status check for Lohan related to a shoplifting conviction and probation violation stemming from a 2007 drunk driving conviction.
Judge Stephanie Sautner declared "she did it" in announcing Lohan had completed her community service and therapy sessions.
"She has completed it short of a year and she has done everything this court asked her to do," Sautner said.
Lohan has been on formal supervised probation and was required to complete counseling sessions and 480 hours of community service work at the Los Angeles County morgue. She completed her final sessions in both this week.
Sautner told Lohan that she was now ending probation for the DUI case and making the shoplifting case unsupervised probation that will end in May 2014.
"The only terms for you are for you to obey all laws," Sautner said to Lohan. "You don't need to come to court anymore."
A smiling Lohan responded: "I just wanted to thank you for being fair. What you've done has really opened a lot of doors for me."
Lohan, 25, with red hair and a turquoise suit, entered the courthouse shortly before 10 a.m., passing a row of waiting papparazzi. Often solemn at her court appearances, her mood this time around was decidedly lighter.
Sautner last month told the actress she would end her probation for the DUI conviction and place her on informal probation for theft of a necklace from a Venice jewelry store if she finished the remaining sessions.
Sautner sentenced Lohan to jail and saw her placed under house arrest for her probation violations. Sautner then imposed a strict set of monthly community service and therapy requirements with a warning that the actress would be jailed if she did anything wrong.
Lohan has publicly credited the judge and Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, with helping her rebuild her life and career, which hit rock bottom with the necklace theft conviction.
Her probation status and court troubles have hindered her ability to get work. But recently she hosted "Saturday Night Live" and is slated to appear on the TV show "Glee" and as Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie.
At the end of the hearing, Sautner told Lohan, "Stop nightclubbing and focus on your work."
Photo: Actress Lindsay Lohan leaves the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles after her supervised probation was ended. Credit: Christina House / For The Times