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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 07/ 6/2010

Lindsay Lohan in court: How we got here

By Jen Chaney

Lindsay Lohan, arriving for her day in court. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

As promised, Lindsay Lohan is back in a Beverly Hills courtroom today for a hearing that will determine whether or not the "Mean Girls" star has violated the terms of her probation and, perhaps, will be forced to report to prison. If you've just joined the coverage via Twitter or the various celebrity Web sites offering streaming video, you may be scratching your head over all the discussion about SCRAM bracelets and alcohol consumption.

In order to make it easier to understand this obviously pressing legal matter, here's a quick primer on the Lindsay Lohan case and how we got here. Consider these today's LiLo Cliffs Notes. And feel free to consult this even more detailed timeline that traces the sad Lohan events of early 2007.

On May 26, 2007, Lindsay Lohan is arrested on charges of driving under the influence after hitting a curb in Beverly Hills. She subsequently checks herself into rehab for the second time that year and spends 45 days at the Promises Treatment Center. She leaves rehab with a SCRAM bracelet affixed to her ankle to monitor her sobriety.

In July of 2007, Lohan is arrested again after a brief Santa Monica car chase with the mother of her personal assistant. She is ultimately arrested on charges of DUI, possession of cocaine, transporting a narcotic into a custody facility and driving on a suspended license.

On Aug. 23 2007, Lohan pleads guilty to cocaine use and no contest to charges of driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent and reckless driving. She is sentenced to a day in prison -- she later spends about 84 minutes in jail -- 10 days of community service and three years' probation. She goes to rehab again, this time in Sundance, Utah, and stays there until October.

Flash forward to October 2009 -- Lohan is granted an additional year of probation after missing meetings with her substance abuse treatment program.

On May 20, 2010, Lohan fails to appear in court for a probation progress report, noting that her passport was stolen while she was at the Cannes Film Festival. Judge Marsha Revel issues a warrant for Lohan's arrest, but her attorneys post her bail.

Lohan does show at a May 24th hearing, where she is ordered to attend weekly alcohol education classes, wear that good 'ol SCRAM bracelet, undergo random drug testing and refrain from drinking alcohol if she wants to remain free on bail.

At the MTV Movie Awards on June 6, Lohan's SCRAM bracelet sets off a silent alarm, indicating she has consumed alcohol. Lohan and her attorneys deny this, but her bail is doubled to $200,000.

July 6, 2010 -- Lohan is in court, awaiting potential testimony from witnesses and word on her fate. Jail time that lasts more than 84 minutes is looking like a real possibility, depending on how lenient the judge decided to be.

By Jen Chaney  | July 6, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Lindsay Lohan  
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Lock her up.

Posted by: emcglaughlin | July 6, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Mel Gibson playing Dutch uncle or something with her?

Obviously, she isn't "getting it." She doesn't grasp she has substance abuse issues. She's self-destructive and will have to find her own rock bottom. The judge should do whatever is necessary to keep her off the streets so she doesn't hurt innocent people. What she does to herself is her own choice.

Too bad p1ss poor parenting has much to do with her psyche. Sure, she makes her choices as a young adult but she surely drew a horrific set of self-absorbed people for parents.

I hope she finds her way.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | July 6, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

How many chances does the average citizen get? It's obvious that she believes herself to be above the law and that money buys her freedom. I'd say slap her with a $1+M fine and the full sentence, as she clearly has not demonstrated any respect for authority and the laws of this country.

Posted by: Luwarn2 | July 6, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Seconded. It might just save her life.

Posted by: kbockl | July 6, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Huh? Who or what is a LiLo? This sounds more like an army combat maneuver.

Lie Low, men! Watch it all go over your heads! (sic)

Posted by: elias_howe | July 6, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Huh? Who or what is a LiLo? This sounds more like an army combat maneuver.
Posted by: elias_howe | July 6, 2010 2:39 PM
Last-in__Last-out---LiLo,,It's computer jargon for data entry and retrieval.

Posted by: mudbone | July 6, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Prison time might be the best thing for Lohan, who is apparently a very slow learner.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | July 6, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Never happen, she's a woman

Posted by: theFieldMarshall | July 6, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Where is Luvlindsey when you need him/her? (I'm pretty sure its a her.) With apologies to ep, it makes a big difference where you're convicted and who the judge is. There are instances of average people being given just as much slack.

Tho I agree that might not be the best thing for her. Or us.

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 6, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Why do we even care at this point? LL is a former child actress who did some cute stuff. Now, she is a forgetable adult actress who is hardly cute at all now.

She has had a half dozen chances and failed every one. We can say "awww" and think forgiveness. But, where her family and friends have not been able to prevent her from self-destructing, maybe the law can at least keep her from killing someone else while she's at it.

She has lost her identity with herself, her fans, and therefore me.

Forget her -- move on.

Posted by: DOps | July 6, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Great recap, Jen! All that and she only 24. Girl's done way too much living considering she was born during the Reagan era. What a mess she's become.

Her last decent work, arguably was "Herbie Fully Loaded" and that was five years ago when she was still a teenager. (Some say her work in "A Prairie Home Companion" a year later was good also, but five minutes of that precious film and I had to throw my DVD player out the window.)

Wouldn't it be great if Jamie Spears showed up at court with the proposal of purchasing bunk beds so LiLo and Britney could bunk together? He seems to have done a world of good with his daughter. Just a thought. It's not like Michael, Dina or even that spoiled brat sister Ali can be much help.

A shame really. LiLo has a lot of talent. She just has to get her act together.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | July 6, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure the move on folks (not just you, DOps) "get" Celebritology.

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 6, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

She should be ordered to take taxis (good for the economy) for the next 5 years.

Posted by: seaduck2001 | July 6, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Currently looking for financial backers for a documentary film. Working title:
"LiLo, the Incarceration." Also looking for people who are not afraid to interview young adult female substance abusers and violent felons. Ability to look good in leggings is a plus.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 6, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Maybe when she mowes down a family with her car she MIGHT get some jail time, but I doubt it. She'll buy her way out of it.


Posted by: ro2112 | July 6, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Earth to Lindsey - leave the country.

Posted by: fleeciewool | July 6, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Do you know what really sucks about this? If I were to get a DUI on my first or second time, I would get nailed in fines and jail time. Me! Regular old me! But whne your name carries some sort of weight (and Lindsay is very light weight), then they get all the oportunities in the world to make it right! This is stupid! Lock her a$( up!

Posted by: Kdot | July 6, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay WHO?

Posted by: georges2 | July 6, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's face it, the justice system is for sale if you've got money like she has. He money has bought her crowds of lawyers, all looking serious and dedicated. As middlemen, they have bought her chance after chance with the courts. And you wonder why so few average people respect the "law." Why even pretend by calling it a justice system?

Posted by: gce1356 | July 6, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

They'll keep letting her off till she kills someone driving drunk and then the judge's should be made to serve her sentence.

Posted by: corebanks1940 | July 6, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

They should MAKE her talk to Robert Downey Jr., for starters.
That Little Girl just doesn't think that this stuff is real, nor does she feel threatened enough.
Oops- purty quick, it will Suck to be her.

Posted by: molinric | July 6, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

She's like the female Robert Downey Jr. minus the talent.

From RDJ's wiki page:

In April 1996, Downey was arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine and an unloaded .357-caliber Magnum handgun, while he was speeding down Sunset Boulevard. A month later, when on parole, he trespassed into a neighbor's home while under the influence of a controlled substance, falling asleep in one of the beds.[16][17] He was sentenced to three years of probation and required to undergo mandatory drug testing. In 1997 he missed one of the court-ordered drug tests and had to spend four months in the Los Angeles County jail. When Downey missed another required drug test in 1999, he was arrested once more. Despite Downey's lawyer, John Stewart Holden, assembling for his client's 1999 defense the same team of lawyers that successfully defended O. J. Simpson during his criminal trial for murder,[15] Downey was sentenced to a three-year prison term at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, California (a.k.a. "Corcoran II"). At the time of the 1999 arrest, all of Downey's film projects had wrapped and were close to release...

After spending nearly a year in California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, California, Downey, on condition of posting $5,000 bail, was unexpectedly freed when a judge ruled that his collective time in incarceration facilities (spawned from the initial 1996 arrests) had qualified him for early release.[20]

Before the end of his first season on Ally McBeal, Downey was arrested during Thanksgiving 2000, when his room at Merv Griffin's Hotel and Givenchy Spa in Palm Springs, California was searched by the police who were responding to an anonymous 911 call. Downey was under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of cocaine and valium.[25][26] Despite the fact that if convicted he could face a prison sentence of up to four years and eight months, he signed on to appear in at least eight more Ally McBeal episodes.[27] In April 2001, while he was on parole, a Los Angeles police officer found him wandering barefoot in Culver City, near southwest Los Angeles. He was arrested for suspicion of being under the influence of drugs but was released a few hours later,[28] even though tests showed he had cocaine in his system.[29]

. In July 2001, Downey pleaded no contest to the Palm Springs charges, avoiding jail time; instead, he was sent into drug rehabilitation and put on a three-year probation, benefiting from the California Proposition 36, which had been passed the year before with the aim of helping non-violent drug offenders overcome their addictions instead of sending them to jail.[20][31]

I think if RDJ could get his act together anyone could do it. Although it took jail time to do it. Maybe that's what she really needs, a month or more in REAL jail, not Celebutard Spa/Rehab jail.

Posted by: wadejg | July 6, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Give her a cell with about 15 illegals and see if they can straighten her up.

Posted by: richard36 | July 6, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

toss this B.... in jail.

Posted by: pofinpa | July 6, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Once again, LieLow has a third arm. This time it's left arm, male, with watch, attached just above her elbow. I guess she's still trying to get the judge to put her scram on "her" arm.

Posted by: kabuki3 | July 6, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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