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Lindsay Lohan is released on bail

Lindsay Lohan has been released on bail from a Los Angeles County jail, just hours after she was sentenced to 120 days for violating her probation.

According to the sheriff department's website, Lohan was released on 75,000 US dollars bail.

Earlier, a judge reduced the actress' charge from felony grand theft to a misdemeanour for allegedly taking a designer necklace from an upscale Venice store.

Lohan's solicitor, Shawn Holley, filed a notice of appeal before court closed, clearing the way for the actress' release within hours.

Earlier, judge Stephanie Sautner also ordered Lohan to serve more than 400 hours of community service, including 300 hours at a women's centre.

Ms Sautner refused to dismiss the theft case against Lohan, but said she often sees more serious cases that get reduced to lesser charges.

"I see the intent here," Ms Sautner said. "I see a level of brazenness with 'Let me see what I can get away with here'."

Ms Sautner ruled that prosecutors had shown that Lohan violated her probation, but also said in reducing the charge that she was going to give the actress "an opportunity." Lohan entered a not guilty plea.

The Mean Girls star arrived at the courthouse wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, blue trousers and a scarf.

Lohan has been a courthouse fixture since last May when she missed a hearing in her drunken driving case. Since then, two judges have sent her to jail twice and rehab, also twice.

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