Tomorrow, at 1:00 PT, Lindsay Lohan will be arraigned on felony grand theft charges in L.A.’s Airport courthouse where a judge will decide bail. Lohan will likely post bail after her arraignment tomorrow and leave the courthouse a free woman. But not for long. If convicted, Lohan could face up to three years in state prison. Lohan allegedly shoplifted a one of a kind necklace worth $2,500. Incredible as it seems, for an actress who undoubtedly has the money to pay for it, Lohan faces a felony conviction, time in state prison, and a trip back to county jail on a probation violation, for a rope of gold around her neck. The rope of gold may well turn in into cuffs of silver. Lohan denies the charges.
Because she already owes six months on a DUI conviction for which she is on probation, this new arrest feeds her squarely to the jaws of jail. When the judge let her out of going to jail this last time, and let her go to rehab instead, he told her that he would put her in jail if she violated her probation. What choice does he have but to incarcerate her? If he doesn’t, does the judicial system look like a joke? Or that the rules don’t apply to her? Or that she gets celebrity bad girl special treatment? As for the shoplifting charge, Lohan could likely strike a plea bargain. She might be offered a plea to a lesser misdemeanor charge and get concurrent time or even probation. A felony conviction might be too harsh as it could potentially ruin Lohan’s acting career for life. She may have used poor judgment, she may have committed a crime, she may be behaving badly, but the punishment has to fit the crime. Permanently ruining her future may be a bit more than is warranted as long as Lohan chooses to straighten up and fly right, if she can.