Lohan is apparently tired of the charge, which has been reduced to a misdemeanour, hanging over her. She wants to get the court case over with quickly so she can get back to her acting career – why she plans to enter a no contest plea.
Her next scheduled day in court is a pre-trial hearing May 11, but Lohan is hoping to enter her no contest plea before that sources close to her suggest. The actress already has been sentenced to four months in jail and community service hours for a probation violation related to the theft case. She is free on bail.
A “no contest” plea is not an admission of guilt; therefore, it is not clear whether she would be punished further as a result. However, friends are urging the troubled young actress not to enter a plea unless she can secure a plea bargain.
Lohan has allegedly been caught on camera taking the necklace from Kamofie & Co., a jewelry store near the actress’s home in Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood. Her assistant surrendered the necklace to authorities after police obtained a search warrant to retrieve it from Lohan’s house.
Lohan was sentenced to 120 days in jail and almost 500 hours of community service for violating the terms of her probation by taking the necklace. However, overcrowding in jails means Lohan will likely serve only a tiny fraction of her sentence behind bars.
In a Jay Leno Show appearance recently, Lohan pledged her intention to start taking responsibility for her actions. It seems the “no contest” plea is her way of doing that.