Actress Lindsay Lohan appeared before the Judge in Los Angeles on February 9, 2011 regarding her Grand Theft case. Lohan is being charged with allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a local jeweler. The 24 year old claims the necklace was lent to her by the store.
Lohan is considering the possibility of a plea bargain in exchange for no jail time. In a plea bargain, you are asked to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced charge, or sentence. You do not have the option to plead not guilty, or no contest.
A plea bargain is often an option for everyone in a Los Angeles Grand Theft case. However, it may not always be the best choice. If you have a strong case against Prosecution, you might want to argue the case, rather than accept a plea of guilty. A Los Angeles Grand Theft attorney can guide you by explaining to you the strength of your case and possible defenses. Then you can make an informed decision.
If Lohan is convicted, she faces up to 3 years in prison. The final sentence will be determined on the basis of several factors: criminal history, the circumstances of the situation as well as past behavior. She has until her next hearing on February 23, 2011 to make a decision. Each individual case is different. What the potential consequence is for your case and whether a plea bargain should be taken will be based on the facts.
If a plea bargain is the best choice, make sure the terms are negotiated in a manner that is beneficial to both sides and not just Prosecution. After years of experience a Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney will prepare a powerful argument on your behalf so that you get the most out of a plea bargain, one that protects your Constitutional rights.