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Lindsay Lohan Fails Alcohol Test

According to CNN, Lindsay Lohan, an American pop singer, model and actress, and who is best known for her roles in Mean Girls, Freaky Friday and the Parent Trap, has once again failed her court-ordered alcohol test and will have to appear before a Los Angeles judge for a probation violation hearing Thursday morning. Lindsay’s movie career began when she was 11 with Disney’s 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. After that she was considered “one of the movies' biggest rising stars” according to Interview Magazine. Her movie career was interrupted, however, in 2007, with two DUI arrests and three visits to an alcohol rehabilitation facility. Since then she has lost several movie deals and has had a significant amount of negative publicity. CNN reports that Lohan failed the alcohol test on June 13. She is already confined to her California home due to court sentencing last month. The Los Angeles County Superior Court has requested that the actress appear before Court Judge Stephanie Sautner Thursday morning. Judge Sautner is the judge who sentenced Lohan to 120 days in jail after Lohan pleaded guilty to stealing a necklace. The court allowed Lohan to spend her sentence at her house due to overcrowding in Los Angeles jails and because she was considered a nonviolent offender. Unfortunately, Lohan has not spent her time at home to reflect on her poor lifestyle choices but has instead been seen socializing on the roof of her luxury home. Lohan answered questions regarding her partying when she spoke with Life and Style magazine claiming, “When my friends come over, they're not drinking. Alcohol is not in my house, so it's just not a part of my life." This June 18 interview seems to contradict evidence from a recent alcohol test which shows that Lohan may have a drinking problem. Unlike most DUI drivers, Lohan has managed to avoid substantial jail time, even though she has had two DUI convictions. She has also had a theft conviction and a long list of probation violations. Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore claims this was not due to her celebrity but rather "because of budget constraints and because we're under a federal consent decree that requires us to curb our overcrowding situation, nonviolent offenders, lesser crimes, get 20% of their sentence." Sources close to the case claim that she may have been released from her home confinement sentence in July if she had not failed her alcohol test. Release from home confinement would allow Lohan to continue her court-mandated 480 hours of community service, another condition of her avoiding a jail sentence. Although Lohan went to drug rehab last year, Judge Sautner recognizes that alcohol and drugs have played a large part in Lohan’s personal and legal difficulties. "She's got other problems for which she self-medicates," Sautner said. Her probation officer supports Judge Sautner’s conclusions and released a report last month that indicated that the actress "appears to be continuing to struggle with substance abuse issues….and the defendant's criminal conduct is increasing in seriousness and severity," the officer still suggests that probation, not jail, is sufficient for Lohan.

Hiring a DUI Lawyer

If you are charged with a DUI, do not expect the same treatment as Lohan. The courts may claim over-crowding in Los Angeles jails have kept her out of jail, but most people know that her celebrity also has played a role in her light sentencing. If you are arrested for DUI, even as a first time offender, you could face severe DUI penalties. DUI penalties can include: high fines, penalties, high insurance charges, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock devices, probation, jail time or mandatory attendance in an alcohol rehabilitation facility. If you have been arrested for DUI, contact a DUI lawyer who can review your DUI case and make sure your get good DUI help.