Lindsay Lohan headed to rehab after plea deal
Actress Lindsay Lohan arrives at the Los Angeles Superior court Monday, March 18, 2013. Lohan is charged with three misdemeanor counts stemming from a crash on Pacific Coast Highway. She is charged with willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer, providing false information to an officer and reckless driving. She is also accused of violating her probation in a misdemeanor jewelry theft case. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan isn't headed back to jail — but she won't be free to party for a while either.
The troubled 26-year-old actress accepted a plea deal on Monday in a misdemeanor car crash case that includes 90 days in a locked-down rehabilitation facility that she won't be able to leave.
Lohan who has struggled for years with legal problems and been briefly jailed five times, pleaded no contest to reckless driving and lying to police who were investigating the accident involving the actress in June along Pacific Coast Highway.
A charge of obstructing justice was dropped.
Lohan also was found in violation of her probation in a 2011 necklace theft and sentenced to 180 days in jail.
Actress Lindsay Lohan, left, and her attorney Mark Heller appear at a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court, Monday, March 18, 2013. Lohan accepted a plea deal on Monday in a misdemeanor car crash case that includes 90 days in a rehabilitation facility. The actress, who has struggled for years with legal problems, pleaded no contest to reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing officers who were investigating the accident involving the actress in June. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, Pool)
However, she can avoid jail time if she complies with the conditions of her plea deal, which also includes 30 days of community labor, 18 months of psychological therapy and an unspecified fine and restitution.
Lohan spoke little to Superior Court Judge James R. Dabney in court and said "yes" when asked if she accepted the plea deal. Before the "Mean Girls" actress left the courtroom, Dabney offered her a suggestion.
"Don't drive," he said.
Dabney did not set a date for Lohan to begin rehab. Instead he set another hearing for May 2, when the court must be given proof of enrollment in a treatment program.