Lindsay Lohan completed her first day of court-ordered community service at the Downtown Women’s Center yesterday, and she proved popular with staff and clients alike. It seems she is really taking her work there seriously. That may help her out in court tomorrow when she pleads no contest to a theft charges. Sources close to the presiding judge and Lohan’s attorney say that she is likely to escape having to serve any jail time.
When Lindsay went to work the Downtown Women’s Center she was apparently “very professional”. She also seemed to be moved by the homeless women she was in contact with at the Los Angeles shelter.
“Lindsay showed up and was thoroughly engaged during the day,” an insider said.
This was just the start of a phenomenal 380 hours of community service that Lindsay Lohan was last month ordered to serve for violating the terms of her probation which she was on following her 2007 DUI conviction.
Maybe, as the judge hoped, working with women less fortunate than her will help.
“Lindsay was truly humbled,” the source added.
In her work, Lohan sorted through donations and talked to the clients. She seemed particularly moved by being with the children of the homeless women, they said. Staff members at the center were impressed by Lindsay’s willingness to participate. Some community service workers are apparently not always so helpful and just want to get in their hours doing as little as possible.
So the week started positively for Lohan, who heads back to court tomorrow for a pre-trial hearing in connection with her misdemeanor grand theft case. She is expected to plead no contest and may well escape having to serve any jail time.
Lohan’s high-powered attorney, Shawn Holley, and the new prosecutor on the case, Melanie Chavira, yesterday met with the presiding judge. They seem to have agreed that it would be better if the “Mean Girls” star served a further year’s probation.
If that deal is agreed in court tomorrow, it’s a major victory for Lindsay Lohan. She was already sentenced to 120 days in jail, in addition to her probation and community service. But Judge Sautner yesterday told the attorneys she’d allow Lohan to serve that time at home with an ankle bracelet. That would allow Lohan to work on movies during the day.
So what do you think if Lindsay Lohan escapes a jail sentence? Is it better that she does more probation? Are you impressed with her community service efforts? Or should she have to serve time like a normal citizen would have had to?