Lindsay Lohan is refusing to take a plea deal that would require jail time, offered to her by Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Meyers is seeking six months in jail for Lohan’s probation violation, and Lindsay’s attorney, Shawn Holley thinks she has a “very strong chance to get that sentence dwindled down to about 30-45 days” in light of the fact the jewelry store owners, from whom Lindsay purportedly stole a $2,500 necklace, have sold surveillance video of the alleged theft.
“Judge Keith Schwartz has already told Lindsay that if she pleas in front of him, he will be sending her to jail – but she absolutely refuses to accept jail time as part of any plea,” the source told RadarOnline.com.
“Lindsay needs to recognize the fact that even if she chooses to go to trial on the grand theft charge, and is acquitted by a jury, she will still go to jail for the probation violation.
“If Lindsay tells Judge Schwartz on Thursday that she ISN’T taking the plea deal, the case gets transfered to Judge Stephanie Sautner, who is a no-nonsense, tough as nails, by the book judge.
“Judge Sautner would conduct the preliminary hearing on the case, and if Judge Sautner rules that there is sufficient evidence to order Lindsay to stand trial, Lindsay will then be found in direct violation of her probation. No questions asked.
“Judge Sautner would very, very likely sentence Lindsay to jail, ON THE SPOT, for the probation violation, and she would be remanded in custody immediately. The DA would ask for six months on the probation violation, and given Lindsay’s checkered past, Judge Sautner would probably concur with that recommendation.”
Judge Sautner is both revered and feared in the legal community – she is known to be fair, but takes a very firm approach with repeat offenders, which Lindsay is, and this has Lohan’s camp very concerned as Lindsay doesn’t seem to grasp that this is potentially the toughest judge she has ever faced.
“Judge Sautner doesn’t care if you are a celebrity or not, she is fair, but make no mistake, with repeat offenders, she shows no mercy,” the source told RadarOnline.com. “Lindsay isn’t going to know what hit her if she doesn’t take the deal and instead allows Judge Schwartz to sentence her.”
Worst case scenario for Lindsay – she doesn’t take the plea deal, is ordered to jail for the probation violation by Judge Sautner, and then if Lindsay goes to trial for the grand theft charge and is convicted, she could be looking at ANOTHER stint behind bars… except this time it would be state prison.
“Lindsay has her best shot in front of Judge Schwartz,” the source told RadarOnline.com. “But it’s a stink sandwich no matter how you look at it for Lindsay. She IS going back to jail, she needs to recognize that, and accept it, and deal with it, and move on.”