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Lindsay Lohan told any plea deal would include jail time

February 23, 2011 | 12:43 pm

Lindsay Lohan is told any plea would involve jail time. Cop a plea, go to jail -- that's what Lindsay Lohan was told by a judge at a hearing Wednesday in Los Angeles related to felony grand theft charges against her for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice boutique.

Now Lohan has until May 10 to decide whether to fight the grand theft charge in court or agree to a deal with the D.A.

"This case does involve jail time -- period," Judge Keith Schwartz said, according to L.A. Now. "If you plead in front of me -- if this case resolves in front of me -- you are going to jail. Period. It may be an issue as to amount of time."

Terms of a plea deal reportedly offered in chambers by prosecutor Danette Meyers were not disclosed, but the judge said in open court that with any settlement, the actress would have to plead guilty or no contest to charges.

Schwartz also suggested the "Mean Girls" star get therapy and a 12-step sponsor so that rather than being a "repeat offender in the system," she could "be a productive citizen and reach the potential" he said she has.

Saying "I didn't steal," Lohan reportedly told a confidant after the hearing ended that she was going to fight the charges, according to TMZ, which also speculated that Lilo would eventually strike a plea. Meyers is rumored to have thrown a six-month jail sentence out on the table for consideration.

Also, in things possibly more important than crime and punishment, Lohan attempted a more conservative look in court Wednesday than the skintight white dress she strolled into the Airport Courthouse in last time around.

"People made such a big deal about it," mom Dina Lohan told E! News on Tuesday about the white dress, "but Lindsay, being a well-endowed girl, she couldn't help but look good in it. The dress wasn't risque, it came down to her knees. I told her that tomorrow she's got to wear a black pantsuit."

It seems Lindsay kind of listened to her mom, who flew in from New York with daughter Ali Lohan at her older child's request.

Yes, there were pants involved. At least the blouse was black. And yes, Lilo is a well-endowed girl.


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Photo: Lindsay Lohan leaves the Airport Courthouse in L.A. on Feb. 23, 2011. Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images