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Arrest warrant may be issued for Lindsay Lohan if she fails to appear in court Thursday

May 20, 2010 |  7:58 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/04/30/lindsay_lohan_3.jpgAn arrest warrant could be issued for Lindsay Lohan on Thursday if the actress, as expected, misses a mandatory court appearance before a judge in Beverly Hills.

Superior Court Judge Marsha N. Revel ordered the 23-year-old actress to be in court Thursday for a progress report on her probation for her 2007 DUI conviction. Lohan, however, said she is stranded after she had her passport stolen at the Cannes film festival. 

The judge is likely to issue a bench warrant for the actress, as is standard procedure for no-shows. But the judge is likely to allow her to surrender to the court and avoid any handcuffs at the airport. 

Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers says, "If the court determines Lindsay Lohan has violated the terms of her probation or failed to abide by the court order, I will be asking for substantial jail time, which could be up to 180 days."

 The judge already issued an arrest warrant in March 2009 but later recalled it. 

Lohan since 2007 has tested the judge's patience. Revel extended the actress' probation last year because she had not attended enough mandatory alcohol treatment classes. And that is why Thursday's court appearance is mandatory.

The hearing is to see whether Lohan is complying with the court-ordered alcohol education classes. A report to the court by the class provider says Lohan, while short of the credit needed to complete the required classes, is in compliance.

The program says she once struggled with attendance but now "attends regularly." But the court may question why Lohan missed so many classes and had significant gaps in attendance. The actress has so far spent 84 minutes in jail since her conviction as part of the plea deal. 

-- Richard Winton

Photo: WireImage