Lindsay Lohan Tests Positive for Alcohol Use, Pleads No Contest in Theft Case

May 12, 2011 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

It was another eventful day in Lindsay Lohan Land.

A probation report released Wednesday states Lindsay Lohan tested positive for alcohol use roughly a month after her release earlier this year from rehab.

The report was released after Lohan pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of taking a necklace from a jewelry store.

The report also said there was evidence that Lohan drank alcohol while receiving treatment at the Betty Ford Center.

Despite the positive test, a probation officer stated Lohan appeared to be making progress with her treatment.

The actress was sent to Betty Ford for three months of treatment last year after failing a drug screen. The report indicates Lohan’s failed test was for cocaine and amphetamines.

The report was released the same day Lohan’s lawyer entered a no contest plea Wednesday for Lindsay Lohan in the theft of a necklace, setting the stage for a summer of confinement, counseling and community service.

Defense attorney Shawn Holley made the plea for the actress, who did not appear in court in the case involving a $2,500 necklace stolen from an upscale shop in the Venice area of Los Angeles.

Lohan, 24, did not acknowledge guilt through the plea, but the court will log the case as a conviction.

Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner ordered Lohan to serve a 120-day jail sentence arrest and remain on probation in a 2007 drunken driving case while she completes 480 hours of community service and undergoes psychological counseling.

Lohan also must complete an anti-shoplifting class.

Lohan released a statement after the ruling, saying “I am glad to be able to put this past me and move on with my life and my career. I support the judge’s decision and hold myself accountable for being in this situation.”

“I have already started my community service at the Downtown Women’s Center and thank everyone there for their warm welcome,” she said. “I hope to be able to fulfill my obligation without any press attention. I think the media spotlight should be on issues such as homelessness and domestic violence instead of on me.”

The “Mean Girls” star was expected to actually serve a fraction of the jail time due to overcrowding. She might be eligible for house arrest, but that decision won’t be made until Lohan reports for jail on or before June 17.

If she is given house arrest, the judge said she cannot work on her community service at the same time.

“She is neither requesting nor receiving special treatment,” Holley said after the hearing.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore agreed, saying Lohan has been treated the same as other nonviolent offenders.

The “Mean Girls” star has been cast to play the wife of John Gotti Jr. in a biopic of the infamous mob family titled “Gotti: Three Generations.” The film is scheduled to film later this year in New York, and several factors could keep Lohan’s case from interfering with work on the film.

Last month, Sautner reduced Lohan’s charge from a felony to misdemeanor. Misdemeanor defendants in criminal matters can generally have their attorneys handle all aspects of their case without appearing in court. Lohan’s lack of a serious criminal record, and the misdemeanor status of her other cases, have resulted in three jails stints that ranged from 84 minutes to a few hours.

Her longest stay was 14 days after another judge sentenced her to three months in jail. The reduced time behind bars was due to jail overcrowding and state-mandated credits for time-served.

Lohan was released after a few hours on April 22 because her attorney indicated she would appeal the four-month jail sentence for her probation violation. She dropped the appeal as part of Wednesday’s plea.

The theft of the necklace came roughly three weeks after Lohan was released from a three-month stint in court-ordered rehab, and while she was still on probation for the drunken driving case.

Despite living nearby, authorities said Lohan never tried to return the necklace until it was reported stolen and police obtained a search warrant. Her assistant delivered the necklace to detectives before the warrant could be served.

Judges last year sent Lohan to jail twice and rehab twice and have repeatedly proclaimed her chances for leniency were over.

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