Thursday, August 23, 2007

Lindsay Lohan's California DUI sentence

California DUI defense lawyer news

Lindsay Lohan's California DUI sentence is more of a Nicole Richie than a Paris Hilton.

Although Lohan could have faced up to three years behind prison bars stemming from her dual California DUI arrests in recent months, in the end she will serve just one day in a county jail after pleading no contest Thursday to five misdemeanor drunken-driving and cocaine charges.

Aside from her day trip to lockup, Lohan was sentenced to 10 days of community service, ordered to complete drug treatment and an 18-month alcohol-education program, and put on three years' probation, during which time she's forbidden from associating with drug users.

The 21-year-old tabloid princess was not required to fly in from her Utah rehab retreat to be in the Beverly Hills courtroom. As part of the sentence handed down by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge H. Chester Horn Jr., Lohan must also attend a three-day county coroner program in which she'll visit a morgue and talk to victims of California drunken drivers.

Lohan's California DUI criminal defense lawyer, Blair Berk (who was in a Malibu courtroom earlier Thursday representing Mel Gibson in his California DUI case), struck the California DUI plea bargain hours after the District Attorney's Office filed seven misdemeanor—but no felony—counts against the rehabbing actress.

In all, Lohan pleaded no contest to two counts each of driving with a blood-alcohol level over 0.08 percent and being under the influence of cocaine, along with one count of reckless driving. Prosecutors agreed to drop two additional counts of California DUI.

She could have faced a maximum of one year in jail if convicted of the charges. She must serve her time and complete her treament by the end of January.

Lohan could face 120 days in jail for another DUI.