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Lindsay Lohan's legal woes could end Thursday after court hearing

March 29, 2012 |  6:39 am

Actress Lindsay Lohan is scheduled to go before a judge Thursday morning in Los Angeles County Superior Court in what could be an end to her legal troubles.

The appearance is a final status hearing on her criminal cases related to the shoplifting of a necklace and violation probation under a 2007 driving-under-the-influence conviction.

She has been on probation and was required to complete counseling sessions and community service work at the Los Angeles County morgue.

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During her last hearing, a judge said her legal troubles could be over by Thursday. She has completed 60 days of work.

"Miss Lohan, you're in the home stretch," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner told Lohan. "You seem to be getting your life back on track."

Sautner last month told the actress she would end her probation for the DUI conviction and place her on informal probation for theft of a necklace from a Venice jewelry store if she finished the remaining sessions.

During Lohan's lengthy probation stemming from two DUI arrests, she has been repeatedly jailed by judges for various violations, including using drugs and alcohol and failing to do required community service at a downtown women's center.

Sautner sentenced Lohan to jail and saw her placed under house arrest for her probation violations. Sautner then imposed a strict set of monthly community service and therapy requirements with a warning that she would jail the actress if Lohan did anything wrong.

Lohan has publicly credited the judge and her attorney, Shawn Holley, with helping her rebuild her life and career, which hit rock bottom with the necklace theft conviction.

If the judge places her on unsupervised probation, Lohan will still have to obey all laws but won't be subject to constant monitoring.

Her probation status and court troubles have hindered her ability to get work. But recently she hosted "Saturday Night Live" and is slated to appear on the TV show "Glee" and as Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie. 


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Photo: Lindsay Lohan, with attorney Shawn Holley, smiles during a hearing where she got good marks from a judge. Credit: Michael Nelson / Associated Press