Lindsay Lohan Could Get Court Appointed Conservatorship, Experts Say

A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge reversed Judge Elden Fox’s decision to keep Lindsay Lohan behind bars for a minimum of 30 days after failing two court-ordered drug tests.

But according to Santa Monica criminal defense attorney Steve Cron, being freed on $300,000 bail is simply just delaying the inevitable.

“I am, quite frankly, surprised by the reversed decision, but she will return to court on October 22 and Judge Fox will sentence her right back to jail again,” he told Pop Tarts. “But of course, due to prison overcrowding, she will only have to serve a portion of that sentence.” (more…)

Lindsay Lohan Chooses Intense Rehab

TMZ has learned Lindsay Lohan is about to re-enter rehab … and it’s her decision.

Sources with direct and specific knowledge of the situation tell TMZ Lindsay will enter a live-in facility outside of Los Angeles within days. Lindsay is now agonizingly aware she has an addiction problem and also acknowledges the reality — addicts often backslide before they get better.

We’re told Lindsay is telling people she doesn’t want this type of life anymore. She says she wants to get better and wants to do whatever it takes at this point … irrespective of what Judge Elden Fox does to her.

Sources close to Lindsay Lohan tell TMZ Lindsay knows her next trip to rehab won’t be a walk in the park … she’ll be in for some “intense” treatment. (more…)

Lindsay Lohan – “Caught Doing Heroin” Allegedly

CROUCHING in a dark corner, Lindsay Lohan is poised to inject herself with what appears to be a syringe of heroin.

Our shocking picture shows the troubled Mean Girls star wrapping a tourniquet around her lower arm – the method addicts use to raise a vein.

Her right hand hovers the needle over the skin of her left arm.

In other exclusive images, apparently taken at a sleazy Hollywood bash, she snuggles up to party pal Paris Hilton before sharing a passionate kiss with her fellow wildchild. (more…)

Lindsay Lohan Plans to Return to Rehab

Although she relapsed just weeks after checking out of UCLA inpatient rehab on Aug. 24, Lindsay Lohan is serious about her recovery, a source close to the actress says.

“She will step up her treatment and do more than what she was previously ordered to do,” says the source, adding that Lohan, 24, plans to voluntarily check herself back into rehab in the coming days.

The actress was released from a Lynwood, Calif., jail late Friday night after winning an appeal to be granted bail following a failed drug test.

Source: People

Lindsay Lohan’s “Skid Bid” Will Not Help Her Drug Addiction

Actress Lindsay Lohan returned to jail today for failing a drug test. This is her third time she has been locked up for violating the terms of her probation stemming from her 2007 conviction for drug charges. There is no doubt that she has a problematic relationship with alcohol and other drugs – but what she needs is access to an effective drug treatment program, not a “skid bid,” to help her with her drug problems.

In my experience doing a 12-year sentence for a nonviolent drug law violation, I witnessed hundreds of drug addicted people cycle in and out of the prison I was in. Like Lohan, many were given “skid bids,” slang for a short sentence, usually measured in months instead of years and meant to help them with drug problems.

But it’s well established that incarcerating people who use drugs does far more harm than good. It does nothing to treat addiction, it’s much more expensive than real treatment, and it’s an affront to human rights and civil liberties. Our drug policies fail to account for the fact that drug use is a health issue and that relapse is an expected part of the recovery process.

Lohan is just one of hundreds of thousands of people in the United States who will spend the night locked in a cage for their drug problems. She has admitted that she has a problem. In recent posts on her Twitter account she wrote, “Substance abuse is a disease, which unfortunately doesn’t go away over night,” and “I am working hard to overcome it and am taking positive steps.” Taking responsibility one’s actions is a powerful step in the right direction.

But unfortunately our government and the powers that be continue to lock up people with drug addictions instead of giving them treatment. I think that most fail to realize is that relapse is an expected part of recovery. Treatment is valid for fighting the demons of addiction and an effective tool in overcoming the government’s use of incarceration and punitive measures in response to low-level, nonviolent drug law offenses stemming from addiction.

According to Justice Department statistics, the United States holds a firm lead in maintaining the most prisoners of any country in the world, now at 2.3 million, including 500,000 for drugs. Criminal justice experts attribute the exploding U.S. prison population to harsh sentencing laws and record numbers of drug law offenders, many of whom have substance abuse problems.

Should we treat drug addiction as a criminal matter or a medical problem? For most people, treatment is much more effective than incarceration for breaking their addictions, yet our prisons are full of drug-addicted individuals. Nonviolent drug offenders should be given an opportunity to receive treatment, not jail time, for their drug use. This would be a more effective and a much more affordable solution for the individual and the community.

Our 40-year war on drugs has stifled the open debate this country should be having about addiction and how best to deal with it. It is time to treat addiction for what it is, a medical problem, not a criminal one.

Source: Huffington Post

Lindsay Lohan — I Need Rehab, Not Jail

Lindsay Lohan confessed to her friends this week that she needed to go back to rehab — not jail — if she was going to defeat her addiction demons … TMZ has learned.

Sources tell TMZ Lindsay was surprisingly self-aware that she made a big mistake by falling off the wagon and testing positive for cocaine — and that she couldn’t fight her disease alone.

We’re told Lindsay was also aware that her relapse had “ruined a lot” in connection to the revival of her career.

And there’s this … Lindsay was “remarkably unafraid” about the possibility of going back to jail — but at the same time, she didn’t expect Judge Elden Fox to send her back to Lynwood Correctional Facility.

Source: TMZ

Lohan released from jail after posting bail

Actress Lindsay Lohan posted a $300,000 bail and was released from jail late Friday night, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said.

A judge granted Lohan bail Friday night, overturning a decision earlier in the day that sent the actress to jail until a probation revocation hearing four weeks away, a court spokesman said.

She must be fitted with a SCRAM alcohol-detection bracelet within 24 hours, Los Angeles County Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said.

Judge Patricia Schnegg granted Lohan’s bail after her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, filed documents just before court closed Friday afternoon, Parachini said.

“I pray to God that Shawn does the right thing and advises her to go right into rehab now, and show the judge she’s serious, because in 30 days when she goes back before the judge he can do whatever he wants,” Michael Lohan, her father, told CNN.

Judge Eldin Fox ordered the preliminary revocation of Lohan’s probation Friday morning based on a probation report saying she tested positive for controlled-substance use.

The probation revocation hearing was set for October 22.

Lohan made fun of her substance abuse troubles in a backstage skit broadcast during the MTV Video Music Awards earlier in September.

She appeared with show host Chelsea Handler, who was wearing an alcohol-detection bracelet like the one Lohan recently wore.

“Wake up, Handler; pull it together,” Lohan said as she slammed Handler against a wall. “You’re a menace. Do you think anyone will work with a drunk? Take it from me, they don’t.”

Lohan was arrested twice in 2007 on charges of driving under the influence, and in the second incident, she was charged with cocaine possession.

The first arrest came after Lohan lost control of her Mercedes-Benz convertible and struck a curb in Beverly Hills.

Just two weeks after checking out of a Malibu drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, she was arrested again in July 2007 after a woman called Santa Monica police, saying Lohan was trying to run her down with a car.

Lohan’s acting career, which started at age 10 on a soap opera, took off on the big screen a year later, when she played identical twins in Disney’s remake of “The Parent Trap.”

Source: CNN

Lindsay Lohan May Leave Jail Soon

Lindsay Lohan may soon be a free woman.

On Friday afternoon, a Los Angeles judge overturned a ruling to deny the actress bail after Lohan was ordered into custody at a Lynwood, Calif., jail.

“An order has been signed by Judge Patricia Schnegg granting writ of habeas corpus,” court spokesman Allan Parachini confirmed to PEOPLE. “Bail has been set at $300,000.”

Habeas corpus refers to the release of an inmate due to unlawful detention. Schnegg, an assistant supervising judge of the criminal courts, cited state law that guarantees the right to bail in misdemeanor cases.

Judge Schnegg ruled, however, that Lohan must be fitted with a SCRAM alcohol-monitoring device within 24 hours if released. Schnegg made the ruling after Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, filed an appeal, arguing that Lohan was unlawfully denied bail.

Lohan, 24, was booked into jail on Friday morning after Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox ordered her to be held in custody without bail following the a positive result in her mandatory drug test.

She faces a probation violation hearing on Oct. 22.

Source: People