The “Liz & Dick” star lost her probation because she got in trouble again over a car crash. Lohan now must appear or send her lawyer back to court on Jan. 15 to offer a plea in the Santa Monica accident case.
Sources said Lohan, who did not appear in person Wednesday, is hoping to work out a plea deal before that time, one that’s expected to include some new time in the slammer.
“We’re all hoping to get this behind us very quickly,” her lawyer Shawn Holley told the Daily News outside the courtroom.
The late-night talk show piñata was charged two weeks ago with willfully obstructing the probe of her June 8 accident in Santa Monica, reckless driving and lying to a police officer with a statement she wasn’t behind the wheel.
Court Commissioner Jane Godfrey — a new judge for the oft-arrested actress — revoked Lohan’s probation on her 2011 shoplifting conviction but declined to order her back to jail in lieu of bail.
“Bail is for the purpose of ensuring a defendant’s appearance,” Godfrey said from the bench, and Lohan is free to continue appearing through her lawyer because all the charges are misdemeanors.
Godfrey said she plans to schedule the date of Lohan’s probation violation hearing at the arraignment in January.
“If this comes to a point where this is not resolved, and it’s set for a probation violation hearing, the court may (reconsider bail). We’re not there yet,” she said.
It was a best-case-scenario for the “Mean Girls” star, where the judge simply stopped the clock on her probation without imposing any new terms of release.
Lohan is facing up to 245 days in jail if found guilty of violating her shoplifting probation.
She also faces up to a year in jail if convicted on the obstruction charge. Lying to police carries up to six months behind bars while the reckless driving charge maxes out at 90 days.