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Lindsay Lohan checks into rehab before 90-day jail term begins

July 16, 2010 |  8:54 am

Facing a 90-day jail sentence for violating terms of her driving-under-the-influence probation, actress Lindsay Lohan has checked into a sober living house in Los Angeles founded by famed attorney Robert Shapiro.

Lohan, 24, is due to begin her jail term at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood Tuesday by surrendering at the Beverly Hills court house.

Judge Marsha N. Revel earlier this month sentenced Lohan to 90 days in jail for repeatedly violating the terms of her probation by failing to attend weekly alcohol education classes.

In a dramatic courtroom showdown, Revel listened as a tearful Lohan promised to do better and defended her failure to attend weekly alcohol education classes and follow earlier orders by the judge.

Revel ignored the tears and offered a list of instances in which the actress lied to the court and to authorities. She handed down three 30-day sentences and ordered Lohan to spend 90 days in a locked drug rehabilitation center -- a much stiffer penalty than L.A. prosecutors had sought.

The probation stems from a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence. In the run-up to the hearing, Lohan had to wear an alcohol detection ankle bracelet after she skipped a mandatory hearing because she claimed she was stuck in France after her passport was stolen.

An expletive was visible on her fingernail during the court hearing in which she received the 90-day jail sentence. She later explained the message was a joke unrelated to the Beverly Hills case.

Although it has been widely reported that Shapiro is Lohan's new attorney, as of Thursday night the lawyer best known for successfully defending O.J. Simpson in his murder trial had not filed papers to represent the actress.

Lohan's previous attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, opted to end her work for the actress after the 90-day sentencing.

Shapiro founded the sober living home Pickford Lofts to help those battling addiction after the 2005 death of his son, Brent Shapiro, from alcohol and drugs.

-- Richard Winton