Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz laid down the law in court on Wednesday to Lindsay Lohan by telling her that if she accepts a plea deal: “You WILL be going to jail, period!”
“I’ve never met you before the last court appearance… I treat everybody the same. I don’t care that you’re Lindsay Lohan,” the judge told the troubled actress.
RadarOnline.com was in the courtroom as Lindsay was supported (separately) by both her mother Dina and father Michael, while represented by her lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley.
The actress chose not to cut a deal yet and a hearing was set for March 10 at 8:30 am.
Lindsay is facing felony grand theft charges for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice, California boutique. She is already on probation stemming from a DUI case that landed her in both rehab and behind bars.
Lindsay reportedly has declined to accept a plea deal from prosecutor Danette Meyers. RadarOnline.com has reported that Meyers is insisting any plea deal include jail time for Lindsay.
“I don’t want you to be a repeat offender in the system. I want you to get on with your life and reach whatever potential you have. Quit causing your family additional stress,” Judge Schwartz told Lindsay on Wednesday.
Judge Schwartz also said he has the impression — or “the feeling” that Lindsay doesn’t want to accept the DA’s deal, meaning she would most likely stand trial for felony grand theft.
The 24-year-old listened quietly during the hearing while the judge often spoke sharply to her. “You need a good sponsor who will assist you to help you stay away from substance abuse issues, alcohol issues,” the judge said.
“I don’t care that you’re Lindsay Lohan vs. Jane Doe. It doesn’t affect me. This case does involve jail time. Period. If you plead in front of me, you are going to jail.”
When the proceedings were over Lindsay kissed her father Michael, who then spoke to reporters and blasted the jewelry store at the center of the case.
Lindsay’s case will be transferred to Judge Stephanie Sautner if she does not plead. A preliminary hearing then would be held.
RadarOnline.com broke the news that Lindsay was being investigated for theft and we also exclusively reported that police obtained a warrant to search her home for the necklace. The search was not conducted because a friend of Lindsay’s returned the necklace after becoming aware of RadarOnline.com’s exclusive report.
The necklace was allegedly stolen from Kamofie & Co. on Jan. 22.