Lindsay Lohan tested positive for alcohol but didn't violate probation, judge says, adds she can't have parties
Lindsay Lohan can breathe a sigh of relief as a judge ruled on Thursday, June 23, that she did not violate her probation even though she recently tested positive for alcohol.
The 24-year-old actress was ordered to return to serve an existing jail sentence at home under house arrest, which stems from an unrelated theft case and is set to end on June 29, and told she could not have any parties.
"Thank you to all of my fans for your support," Lohan later Tweeted. "Sending you Love and Light. xo."
Lohan had appeared at a Los Angeles court for a last-minute conference that was called after it was reported that she may have consumed alcohol during a party at her home.
It was revealed during the Thursday meeting that on June 13, Lohan tested positive for alcohol. Previous judges have told the actress, who has spent time behind bars before, that she could be sent back to jail if she drank or did drugs while on probation, which stems from a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession case.
Judge Stephanie Sautner told Lohan on Thursday that she was guilty of "poor judgment" but that according to a previous court order, the actress no longer has to undergo tests for drugs or alcohol and therefore she did not think testing positive marked a probation violation. She added that Lohan could not have any parties at home.
"You are only allowed to have one friend over at time and family members," the judge said. "You have to answer your phone. You have barbecue on the roof of your house while under house arrest - that's poor judgment. You have neighbors writing letters to the board of supervisors complaining about you. Do you want to move on with your life?"
"Yes, I do!" Lohan replied. She later hugged her attorney. The judge ordered Lohan to return to court on July 11 for a progress report.
Lohan has been under house arrest at her home in Venice, California since May 26. A judge had sentenced her to jail after ruling several weeks ago that she had violated her probation by being charged with theft in an unrelated case. Lohan was told she could serve her sentence at home and be monitored electronically. The actress also had her punishment reduced from 120 days to 35 and was given an early June 29 release date.
"Let me just make it clear - I'm not happy with the house arrest, I'm not happy about the early release, it's not the court's decision, it's up to the sheriff's department," the judge said on Thursday.
Lohan's probation officer stated in a progress report, obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com earlier this year, that the actress has tested positive for alcohol at least twice over the past year and did not attend all court-mandated alcohol education classes. It also said Lohan has been cooperative and has made progress regarding her substance abuse treatment.
Lohan was given three more years of probation after she pleaded no contest to misdemeanor theft in a missing $2,500 necklace case. She was also ordered to complete 480 community service hours at a women's shelter and in a morgue, undergo psychological counseling, attend a Shoplifters Alternative class and pay several fines.
She has already begun her community service duties but cannot continue her work or her classes while under house arrest. The actress was ordered to resume her duties after she is released.
Lohan had been pre-approved for house arrest after her theft charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Lohan has been to jail several times for stints that have lasted between 84 minutes and 14 days - a sentence reduced from 90 days, mostly due to overcrowding.
Lindsay Lohan is working despite being under house arrest. She recently shot a commercial in her home for the penny auction website BEEZID.com.