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Lindsay Lohan, left, arrives for a preliminary hearing, Friday, April 22, 2011, at LAX Courthouse in Los Angeles. Lohan is in court for a hearing on a felony grand theft charge involving a necklace reported stolen by an upscale jewelry store. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Lindsay Lohan will plead no contest to a misdemeanor theft charge for allegedly walking out of a Venice boutique with a $2,500 necklace, according to various news reports.
The 24-year-old actress, who has already been given a 120-day sentence for violating her probation stemming from a pair of 2007 drunken driving arrests, will enter the plea as early as next week and could end up behind bars for roughly three weeks, according to the entertainment site TMZ.
Nonviolent criminals rarely do more than about a tenth of their sentence in Los Angeles County jails. A sheriff's spokesman estimated that Lohan's 120-day sentence would likely be reduced to about three weeks jail time.
Lohan also has 480 hours of community service hanging over her head. The work is to be divided between the coroner's office in Boyle Heights and the Downtown Women's Center. The jail time and community service is supposed to be completed in a year.
Lohan's new job could land her in Skid Row helping women get back on their feet, according to reports from CNN.
Patrick Shandrick, the director of communications for the Downtown Women's Center, told CNN:
"Working with the center's theater group is one of the many possible projects but Lohan could also serve meals, sort donations or help case managers find homes and health care for women. We are working on outlining a schedule and meeting community service requirements at this point."
Sources told TMZ that Lohan and her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, hope that Judge Stephanie Sautner will not add any jail time for the theft charge in exchange for a no-contest plea.
A no-contest plea enables a defendant to clear to a criminal charge without admitting civil liability, offering her some protection should she be sued in connection with the necklace.
Lohan had been living in Venice since early this year, but she said earlier in the week that she plans on moving to her native New York. Lohan just landed the roll of Kim Gotti, mafia man John Gotti Jr.'s wife, in the upcoming mob fil about the three generations of Gotti.