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Lindsay Lohan's arrest could result in L.A. probation violation

September 19, 2012 |  8:35 am

Lindsay Lohan's arrest in New York City for allegedly hitting a pedestrian with her Porsche is likely to have legal repercussions on her case here in Los Angeles, a legal expert said.

Former L.A. prosecutor Dmitry Gorin said Wednesday that Lohan's arrest could prompt a judge in Los Angeles to conclude the star has violated her probation.

According to WABC-TV, Lohan was charged with leaving the scene of an accident early Wednesday after allegedly hitting a pedestrian in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood while parking. The pedestrian, a man in his 30s, complained of knee pain and was taken to a hospital, the TV station reported. Lohan was cited and released, according to the Associated Press.

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The incident is the latest in a series of brushes with the law for Lohan, who has been trying to put her much-chronicled legal troubles behind her and resume her acting career. 

She had been on probation for a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence. Since then, she has also been convicted of shoplifting and had been on probation for that offense as well.

Lohan was sent to jail several times for violating the terms of her probation, but she subsequently hewed to a strict regimen of counseling and community service at the county morgue. In March, a judge ended her probation in the DUI case and reduced the shoplifting probation to "unsupervised" status.

Lohan has not commented on the arrest, and it's still possible the New York charges could be dropped.

But Gorin said: "Any violation of the law would cause a probation violation."
Just last month, Los Angeles Police Department detectives closed the case of an alleged theft by Lohan at a Hollywood Hills home after prosecutors declined to file charges. LAPD detectives had identified Lohan, as well as Gavin Lawrence Doyle and Andrew Nicholas Payan, as suspects in the case. Lohan and one of the victims in the case, identified as millionaire Sam Magid, had a "longstanding relationship," and he did not identify any of the suspects, prosecutors said. Although one of the suspects made a "vague admission" that someone had taken something, none of the suspects was found with any property, the officials said.

In March, Lohan won praise for completing her probation work.

Judge Stephanie Sautner declared "she did it" in announcing Lohan had completed her community service and therapy sessions.

Sautner told Lohan at the time that she was ending probation for the DUI case and changing the shoplifting case sentence to 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."

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-- Richard Winton

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