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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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46.

TheMediaConnedUs    

If the LAW wont do anything to punish Lindsey the public can. BOYCOTT ANYTHING LOHAN. Lets hit her where it hurts, her wallet and her ego. I WILL NEVER PAY TO WATCH, LISTEN, WEAR ANYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH LINDSEY LOHAN

2526 days ago
47.

Bubbles    

Complain to CA Senator Barbara Boxer. The federal government needs to investigate the corrupt LA "justice" system.

http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/email/policy.cfm

2526 days ago
48.

big joe    

you got a pass. now go hang w/ dad. you only have one.

2526 days ago
49.

Next Stop...Psych Ward    

I can see her ONLY getting the correct punishment when she kills some innocent road user.

2526 days ago
50.

Beverly Hills Resident    

Beverly Hills PEOPLE!!!! Beverly HIlls!!!! This is Not Los Angeles. Why do you think Paris Hilton moved to Beverly Hills??? They treat celebs better. Nothing new here..

Lohan is a train wreck waiting to happen. You havent seen nothing yet.

Oh and if you live in Los Angeles, Avoid Beverly Hills at night. TAKE PICO BLVD!!!! Never drive sunset or Wilshire or god forbid Olympic. Beverly Hills Police will nail you!!!! LOL

2526 days ago
51.

Terry    

the Double standard lohan law.

Brining a small amount of cocaine into a correction facility is ok then!
The inmates will be happy about that one.

2526 days ago
52.

Meagan C    

I cannot wait until the day when one of those rich bitches gets put in jail for many, many years.

2526 days ago
53.

RAF1667    

It pays to be RICH AND A CELEBRITY when you break the law. Another one gets a free ride.She should be doing hard time, then maybe she would learn.

2526 days ago
54.

Sillyme    

Lindsay Lohan Charged in DUI Cases

Aug 23 02:24 PM US/Eastern
By SANDY COHEN
AP Entertainment Writer




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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lindsay Lohan escaped felony charges Thursday when prosecutors filed seven misdemeanor counts against her stemming from two drunken-driving arrests.
The district attorney charged the 21-year-old actress with two counts of driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08 percent and being under the influence of cocaine and one count of reckless driving.

Police found cocaine on Lohan during the arrests on May 26 in Beverly Hills and July 24 in Santa Monica.

2526 days ago
55.

Susan B    

I am happy for Lindsey. I hope she takes this opportunity to learn from her mistakes and continue to get treatment for her addiction. Take care Lindsey.

2526 days ago
56.

Dooky    

Linsday, you're not a felon, you're a FAKE, WASHED-UP, ALCOHOLIC ANOREXIC FIRECR0TCHED COKEHEAD. Face it, your respect has been flushed down the toilet

2526 days ago
57.

reds    

AHHH poor lil Lindsey she had an unstable upbringing...2 DUI's withing 2 months and WTF she didn't have enough coke on her? She entered rehab after being busted for what is this the 3rd time? All this works in her favor... BS she is a spoiled lil rich girl who gets what she wants and doesn't take her rehab seriously. The last 2 times in rehab she immediately went out clubbing as soon as she is released. And why on earth is she allowed to go out while in rehab I think these spa's..... I mean rehabs surely have a gym she can go to and they probably have tanning and everything else imaginable.Lets see Paris had suspended liscense and probation violation she did 22 days. The loser Lindsey gets busted 2 or 3 times for DUI has cocaine on her but she may possibly only get 4 days.

2526 days ago
58.

Tired OfLohan    

This is so wrong.
I hope that next time she's loaded and driving she does harm someone.
Looks like that's will be the only way justice will get served.

2526 days ago
59.

expygirl    

What do you have to do to to get some time in that town? Maybe next time she is coked out and chasing some one in a suv and causes a death maybe she'll get some probation a little house arrest SOMETHING. What a joke.

2526 days ago
60.

BiGBallin    

I hope her hoo-hooo shrviels up....


oh wait i think it already has....gross!

2526 days ago
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