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Lindsay Lohan attends a dinner celebrating the premiere of Liz and Dick at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. - Provided courtesy of AP Photo / John Shearer / Invision

Lindsay Lohan's probation revoked over car accident charges, actress faces jail threat

12/12/2012 by Corinne Heller

Lindsay Lohan's probation stemming from a 2011 necklace theft case has been revoked because she was recently charged over a car accident that occurred during the summer and a probation violation hearing has been set for January, when a judge could decide to send her back to jail.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued the order during the 26-year-old actress' arraignment on Wednesday, December 12, as seen in a video posted by TMZ. Lohan's lawyer attended her arraignment on her behalf, a move allowed because the charges are misdemeanors.

A probation violation hearing has been set for January 15. Lohan is set to make her plea over the car accident case. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 245 days -- eight months -- in jail. Lohan has undergone more than five years of legal and personal turmoil and has served time behind bars in the past.

A day earlier, city prosecutors filed legal papers asking a judge to revoke her probation.

On November 29, the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office charged her with three misdemeanors -- willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer in the course of their duties, giving false information to a peace officer and reckless driving.

Authorities say Lohan lied to the cops who questioned her after a Porshe carrying her and a man crashed into a dump drunk on a California highway on June 8. They said evidence showed she was the driver of the car. They did not specify what she told the officers.

Hours before they were issued, Lohan was arrested in New York on suspicion of misdemeanor assault following a confrontation with a woman at a nightclub. Her probation could also be revoked if she is convicted in this case. A January 7 court date in the city has been set for her.

In March, a judge ruled that Lohan had fulfilled all her probation requirements stemming from a 2007 DUI and cocaine possession case, which had stalled her acting career. Over the past five years, Lohan has served several stints behind bars, which have lasted a total of less than two weeks, and has also been in and out of rehab to treat substance abuse.

The judge did, however, put Lohan on informal probation until May 2014 for taking a necklace last year without permission from a Venice jewelry store.

While she does not have to attend progress report hearings or report to an officer, she was ordered to continue to obey the law to ensure that her probation remains intact. A Los Angeles judge had told her at a March 29 hearing: "You need to live your life in a more mature way, stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work."

The actress has been trying to revive her acting career amid her turmoil. She recently played Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime Television film Liz & Dick." The film drew moderate ratings and 3.5 million viewers but was heavily mocked by many of them on Twitter and Facebook.

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