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D.A. to Lindsay -- You're Not a Felon

8/23/2007 5:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan ChargedTMZ was at the Beverly Hills Courthouse this morning when the L.A. County District Attorney filed criminal charges against Lindsay Lohan. The charges are seven misdemeanors -- NO FELONIES. And, there may be a plea bargain today at 1:30 PM PDT.

Lohan, who was busted twice since Memorial Day weekend, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence. If convicted of both, she'd face a minimum of four days in jail. If a felony were filed, Lohan could have faced several years in state prison.

As to why no felony charges were filed, the DA says Lohan's cocaine traces "were below the .05 grams required by office policy for felony filing."

Sources tell us there were also problems even proving she was in possession of the drug.

Lindsay GalleryAs for the second case, a law enforcement source tells us the manner in which the cocaine was seized was questionable. In addition, the source says the amount of cocaine "didn't meet the threshold for filing."

But there's more to the story: In deciding whether to file felony cocaine charges, the D.A. always looks at the person and the circumstances. In Lohan's case, the fact that she was busted twice in a short period of time actually helped her. It shows someone is struggling with an addiction problem. The fact that each time she was busted, she immediately checked into a rehab facility also helped her case. Also, her age -- 21 -- and the fact that her upbringing was extremely unstable -- also worked in her favor.

One law enforcement source put it this way: "Prosecutors in this county see a lot of kids in crisis. There are lots of kids struggling with addiction. The first sign of trouble usually involves a car. We're not going to throw every one of them in prison. It doesn't make sense."



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316.

stop the madness    

Thats right post 316 no little guy gets a break.Lindsay Lohan fans are rats who would follow her to the gutter

2556 days ago
317.

G    

If our Joke-Justice System Cant Step up..We Will!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is an OutRage!

BOYCOTT LINDSAY BOYCOTT LINDSAY BOYCOTT LINDSAY
BOYCOTT LINDSAY BOYCOTT LINDSAY BOYCOTT LINDSAY
BOYCOTT LINDSAY BOYCOTT LINDSAY BOYCOTT LINDSAY
BOYCOTT LINDSAY BOYCOTT LINDSAY BOYCOTT LINDSAY
BOYCOTT LINDSAY BOYCOTT LINDSAY BOYCOTT LINDSAY
BOYCOTT LINDSAY BOYCOTT LINDSAY BOYCOTT LINDSAY

2556 days ago
318.

Kwame f    

Anyone of you boys whatever age (whether 10 or 40+ yrs old) want Dina Lohan as your girlfriend or wife?

What do you think?

2556 days ago
319.

stop the madness    

DISGUSTING FANS OF THIS PIG STOP DEFENDING HER.SHE WOULD GIVE A RATS ASS IF YOU WHERE LOCKED UP. PEOPLE BOY COTT THIS SKANK

2555 days ago
320.

name withheld    

Yow know what? Everything they say about LIndsay is true. I love LIndsay I have high hopes for her. This is what lawyers do for you. You have to pay them to speak for you because the system is a manipulation of the mind.

2555 days ago
321.

nellie    

Just plain- sow your wild oats Lohan-so we speak!

2555 days ago
322.

Kwame f    

Did you know, before Bill Gates was the richest person on earth, he was also arrested for DUI, DWI and running a red light twice or three times in New Mexico. He spend probably less than a month in jail. He was 18-19 at the time happened. Gates' friend Paul Allen was also riding with him.

Bill Gates helped the world boost the economy!

2554 days ago
323.

stop the madness    

yea Kwame you spamed it all over! enough with defending this trash

2554 days ago
324.

Karen    

And justice for all..... right?

Money, power and a public face will buy your freedom and win your court case every time or damn near every time.

If it were a common person with Lindsay's record and countless offenses they would be serving jail time with no questions asked.

Sounds to me like CA needs to overhaul the legal system, Arnold??

Something to the affect of …. Punish will fit the crime for all offenders without exceptions to your status in society!!!

Oh wait the entire country needs an overhaul of the legal system!!!

But wait that will never happen, why???? Because we are to busy wasting tax dollars on the Politian’s latest whim and agendas’.

Everyone gets humble when facing jail time.

And to the Paris Hilton's of the world, everyone reads the bible and finds Jesus in jail.

You can afford a damn driver, when you are drinking/drugged and driving so GET ONE!!!

Til then lets all hope to god you don’t kill one of the common souls that may be out and about when you and your arrogance get behind the wheel.

2553 days ago
325.

Jessie    

OMG if I chased someone through LA on cocaine I would go to jail and I don't have a criminal record.

2552 days ago
326.

love little people :)    

LINDSEY IS TRASH PLAIN AND SIMPLE, NO BRAIN, NO PAIN, SEEMS TO RUN IN THE FAMILY AND SHE ISNT GOOD LOOKING AT ALL, WITHOUT MAKEUP SHE LOOKS LIKE A HUNDRED MILES OF BADLY USED ROAD LMAO

2551 days ago
327.

spoon    

you know what i feel bad for her not cuzza what shes goin through she can make it ! you can do it baby . no i feel bad cuz every bodys on her d i c k back off her son damb i mean we as the ugly poor fat sad ass losers need 2 realise that just cuz their famous dont mean we should be all ass in there lives i think as a people they should have some privacy boo listin forget all tha haters you can chat wit the spoon tat2 dv8r @ embarqmail. com

2537 days ago
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