Lohan awaits possible jail sentence

Lohan awaits possible jail sentence

Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan arrived in court today for a probation hearing that could end with her either heading for jail or her next movie role.

The 24-year-old could be sent to prison if a judge finds she violated her probation after missing a court date in May. She has been required to wear an ankle alcohol monitor since then.

The Beverley Hills hearing immediately hit a snag as lawyers argued over what evidence could be introduced. A judge ordered Lohan's alcohol education program to turn records over to prosecutor Danette Meyers, who said it will take her some time to review.

Ms Meyers said she also intended to introduce evidence that Lohan's alcohol monitor had been tampered with. The device issued a report last month that it detected alcohol in Lohan's system, which the star has denied.

Her lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley said she was unprepared to attack the bracelet's accuracy because the judge had previously told her the report would not be considered at today's hearing.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel said she would give Ms Holley adequate time to prepare, even if that required rescheduling that portion of the hearing for another day.

Evidence from other witnesses is expected to be heard as normal.

Lohan spent 84 minutes in jail in 2007 after she pleaded guilty to two counts of being under the influence of cocaine and no contest to two counts of driving over the alcohol limit and one count of reckless driving.

The plea came after a pair of high-profile arrests earlier that year. She was sentenced to three years probation, but had to ask for a year-long extension in October after she failed to complete her alcohol-education courses on time.

Judge Revel revoked Lohan's probation in May after the actress missed a court hearing to promote a film project at the Cannes Film Festival. Lohan claimed her passport was stolen, but the judge ordered her to wear the alcohol monitor upon her return.

She also scheduled today's hearing to determine whether Lohan violated her probation, and to what extent.

Weeks later, the monitor issued an alert after Lohan attended the MTV Movie Awards and its after-parties. Judge Revel immediately doubled Lohan's bail to $200,000 (€158,168). Prosecutors called it an "alcohol-related" violation, but Lohan's lawyer downplayed the incident.

Regardless of the outcome, today's hearing will not be the last reminder for Lohan of the court case and her arrests.

She will soon be questioned about her drug use three years ago in a civil case brought by a woman who is suing her.

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