Lindsay Lohan: L.A. prosecutors want 90 days in rehab, source says
Lindsay Lohan will have to agree to serve at least 90 days in a lockdown rehabilitation facility if she wants to avoid trial on a charge of lying to police about being behind the wheel during a crash on Pacific Coast Highway and violated her probation for shoplifting.
While Santa Monica city prosecutor Terry White and Lohan attorney Mark Heller have discussed a possible plea deal, the L.A. city attorney, which secured a jewelry theft conviction against the actress, won't accept any deal of less than 90 days in a locked rehab center, said a source familiar with the prosecution.
In the event Santa Monica's prosecutor agrees to a lesser sentence, L.A. prosecutors will probably object and ask that Lohan be sentenced to 90 days for violating the terms of her probation, the source said.
The negotiations Wednesday were snagged by the issues of Lohan's entering rehab, community service and extensive therapy to resolve the misdemeanor criminal charge, according to several sources. If no deal is struck, prosecutors will go to trial next month.
According to sources, L.A. prosecutors are taking a hard line because Lohan has a history of repeatedly disobeying court orders, and those involved believe she needs "meaningful rehab" in a credible facility.
They don't want to send her to jail, but without meaningful treatment "she is not only a danger to herself but to the public, especially while driving," according to one source familiar with the prosecution.
The prospect of a plea deal comes as law enforcement sources say a bottle of alcohol was found near the car at the scene of the PCH crash but not tied to Lohan or the case.
In a letter to prosecutors, Heller has offered to have Lohan participate in intense therapy, regular screenings and offer inspirational speeches to schools, hospitals and other groups while establishing a nonprofit foundation for youth.
In recent years, Lohan has made more court appearances than movies. Nearly six years ago, she was arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles and was subsequently convicted. She repeatedly violated the terms of that probation, going to jail for short periods of time, as well as rehab.
Knowing that jail overcrowding would result in Lohan serving just a few days if she were sent there, the judge sentenced her to 360 hours of labor at the county coroner's office.
Lohan completed the requirements last year, winning praise from the judge, who ended Lohan's drunk-driving probation. But then came the traffic accident last summer on Pacific Coast Highway and new charges.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Lindsay Lohan at a launch party for Mr. Pink Ginseng drink at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in October 2012. Credit: Richard Shotwell / Invision