Actress Lindsay Lohan has been told the she will be behind bars if she accepts the plea bargain for her grand theft felony charge.
Lindsay Lohan appeared at the courthouse in Los Angeles today for a hearing on the theft charge, stemming from the accusation that she swiped a $2500 necklace from a luxury jewelry store in Venice, California.
Lohan, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, was told by Judge Keith Schwartz that she can accept to serve a prison sentence if she accepts the plea deal offered to her by the District Attorney.
Judge Schwartz said, “Miss Lohan there are a couple of things you need to understand so there is absolutely no misunderstandings about anything dealing with this case.
“I never met you before the last court appearance, you never met me. One of the things about me is that I treat everyone the same. I don’t care you are Lindsay Lohan versus John Doe or Jane Doe.
“I’m just going to tell you a couple of things that if the case settles in this court will happen. This case does involve jail time. Period. If this case is resolved in front of me – you are going to jail. Period.
“Now there may be an issue as to the amount of time that you go to jail and that’s why a judge has discretion in sentencing. But if it settles here I don’t want you under any apprehension, you will be going to jail.”
Before the hearing began, the judge met in his chambers with Lindsay’s attorney and prosecutor Danette Meyers to discuss the plea bargain but did not believe the actress was interested in taking the deal.
Lindsay is due in court now for March 10, when she will need to accept or reject the plea bargain or enter her plea.
If Lohan pleads not guilty her case will go in front of another judge for a preliminary hearing and will then face trial over the alleged necklace theft.
The actress is now free on $40,000 bail.
Lindsay still insists she didn’t steal the necklace but only borrowed the jewelry in return for publicity for their jewelry store.
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