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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Lindsay Lohan not due in court

Lindsay Lohan does not have to appear at her latest court hearing

Lindsay Lohan has a court date - but she isn't required to appear.

The starlet, who has been a constant fixture at Los Angeles courthouses for nearly a year, is not expected to attend a hearing on Wednesday in which her attorney may enter a plea that ends a necklace theft case before trial.

Despite being sentenced to serve 120 days in jail at her last appearance, a judge's decision to downgrade Lohan's felony grand theft case to a misdemeanor means the actress won't have to walk the divided sea of cameras that have given her court appearances a movie premiere feel.

It is Lohan's desire to get back to being filmed as an actress, not a suspect, that has fuelled Lohan's desire to end the case with a no contest plea, a person close to Lohan and familiar with her thinking told The Associated Press last month.

The Mean Girls star has been cast to play the wife of John Gotti Jr in a biopic of the infamous mob family titled Gotti: Three Generations. The film is scheduled to film later this year in New York.

Misdemeanor defendants in criminal matters can generally have their attorneys handle all aspects of their case without appearing in court.

Los Angeles sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said that there are many variables that can impact how long Lohan will spend in jail, and he noted that she may be able to serve her sentence at home through electronic monitoring.

"We don't know what the judge is going to order," Whitmore said, noting that in some cases electronic monitoring is specifically ruled out. If Lohan is ordered to spend time behind bars, it will be in a solitary unit at a women's jail where she has been sent four times before.

Lohan's case has been retained by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner, who last month ruled that Lohan could stand trial for walking out of a jewellery store still wearing a 2,500 dollar necklace she hadn't paid for. Despite living nearby, Lohan never tried to return the item until after it was reported stolen and police obtained a search warrant. Her assistant delivered the necklace to detectives before the warrant could be served.

"I see a level of brazenness with, 'Let me see what I can get away with here,'" Sautner said of Lohan's actions.

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