Actress Lohan gets jail time for probation violation

BEVERLY HILLS — A judge ordered actress Lindsay Lohan today to spend 90 days in jail for violating her probation by missing multiple classes at a court-ordered alcohol-education program.

The 24-year-old actress broke down sobbing when Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel pronounced the sentence. Lohan was ordered to surrender in Revel's courtroom on July 20 to begin serving her jail sentence.

Revel also ordered Lohan to take part in a 90-day inpatient substance-abuse program after she is released from jail.

Lohan tearfully told the judge she believed she was complying with all the terms of her probation.

``It's just been such a long haul and I don't want you to think I don't respect you and your terms because I really did think I was doing what I was supposed to,'' Lohan said.

Her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, told the judge Lohan had done well meeting the overall terms of her probation, and said she should not be harshly punished for missing seven sessions over a 27-week period.

``I think that she is being authentic with this court when she tells us she did the best she could under those extremely difficult circumstances,'' Holley said.

Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers argued, however, that Lohan had repeatedly thumbed her nose at the court's orders. She said the actress should have known that she was under strict orders to attend the alcohol-education program once a week, yet failed to do so.

``As the court indicated, this has been going on since 2007 and we are yet to have compliance,'' Meyers said.

Revel said she was explicitly clear in all of her orders to Lohan, and the actress should have known what she needed to do and what the penalties are for violating her probation.

``Nowhere did I say substantial compliance would be good enough,'' the judge said.

Meyers noted that Lohan missed the once-weekly classes seven times since late December.

On May 26, 2007, the actress was in a Mercedes-Benz that crashed into a hedge along Sunset Boulevard near the Beverly Hills Hotel, and two months later she was arrested in Santa Monica on suspicion of DUI.

That August, she pleaded no contest to two counts each of drunken driving and being under the influence of cocaine, and one count of reckless driving. She spent 84 minutes in jail later that year in connection with her plea and placed on three years probation.

Her probation was extended for a year in October after she missed some alcohol-education classes while making a movie in Texas.

On May 20, Lohan failed to show up for a court hearing because she was at the Cannes Film Festival. Holley said the actress' passport had been stolen.

Lohan showed up four days later, when she was ordered to wear a SCRAM alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet as a condition of her release on bail pending today's probation hearing. She also was ordered to undergo random drug testing, among other conditions.

But on June 6, the SCRAM bracelet indicated that the actress may have consumed alcohol, in violation of her bail, after she attended the MTV Movie Awards. Revel doubled Lohan's bail, and the actress posted a bond with the court, allowing her to remain out of custody.

In court today, Revel did not consider the SCRAM anklet as part of her determination of whether Lohan violated probation.

Revel said she was concerned enough about the positive reading from the SCRAM device that she issued an arrest warrant for the actress last month and doubled her bail. But the judge conceded that Lohan was ordered to wear the SCRAM device as a condition of her bail when she appeared in court in May -- not when she was placed on probation.

Lohan attorney Shawn Chapman Holley told TMZ the actress submitted a urine test to probation officials the morning after the SCRAM alert, and it came back negative for alcohol.

In a tweet, the 24-year-old actress denied she had taken a drink.

In court today, Revel ordered that Lohan continue wearing the SCRAM device until she reports to jail, and ordered her not to drink any alcohol as a condition of her continuing probation.

The former Disney star's movie credits include ``Mean Girls,'' ``Freaky Friday'' and ``Georgia Rules.'' She is reportedly to play ``Deep Throat'' actress Linda Lovelace in a biopic.

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