In a plea deal struck at the 11th hour, Lindsay Lohan will avoid jail time, in exchange for 90 days in a “locked-in” drug rehab facility to settle criminal charges levied against her Monday.
Lohan entered pleas of no contest on two misdemeanor charges relating to a traffic accident last summer, and she chose not to challenge the finding that that she violated her shoplifting probation with those convictions, according to CNN.
Although Lohan was sentenced to five days in jail and 90 days on two charges, the judge is allowing her to serve that time in a drug rehab facility.
The sentence will also extend her probation by two years, require 18 months of psychotherapy and 30 days of community service.
The judge also had some choice words for the young starlet. “Don’t drive,” noting the advice was not part of her formal plea deal. “You’re in New York. You don’t need to drive.” He added, “You really need to understand… This is it… Please take this seriously.”
Her attorney, Mark Heller, had a different take, as he expressed his thoughts on Lohan to the media after the hearing. She is "now on a wonderful path and a journey that I think is going to be very rewarding," he said. "Today marks the first day of the rest of her life and her comeback is right before us."
Earlier in the day, there was no sign that Lohan was taking her first few steps to a comeback. She arrived 45 minutes late to her scheduled hearing. As reported by Fox News, Lohan reportedly missed her flight from New York to Los Angeles Sunday night and would have missed the hearing all-together, had it not been for a California-based energy drink company for whom she has made promotional appearances.
“Thanks Mr. Pink for the private jet,” she tweeted Monday. We’ll just have to wait and see when Lohan’s luck runs out.