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Lindsay Lohan:

I'm Goin' to Trial!

3/23/2011 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan will NOT take the plea deal the judge is offering in her felony grand theft case ... TMZ has learned.

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Sources connected to Lindsay tell TMZ ... Lindsay met with her lawyer, Shawn Holley Tuesday afternoon.  Holley laid out the options but left the decision to Lindsay, who said she's firm about her innocence and wants to push it to the wall at trial.

Lindsay's felony grand theft case will now be assigned to Judge Stephanie Sautner -- who's considered a tough but fair judge -- and the preliminary hearing is set for April 22.

Lindsay faces both jail and prison as the case moves on -- jail,  if Judge Sautner decides Lindsay violated her probation, and prison, if Lindsay is convicted of grand theft.

We have been saying Lindsay was crazy not to accept the plea deal, not because she'd be found guilty of grand theft ... but the way the system is set up, Lindsay could be thrown in jail for the probation violation before her grand theft trial.

Here's the good news for Lindsay.  If she had accepted a plea deal, she would have been placed on 3 years probation -- and Lindsay staying out of trouble for 3 years is highly improbable.

Fact is ... Lindsay has a credible defense in the grand theft case, and if Judge Sautner agrees NOT to rule on the probation violation until a verdict is reached in the grand theft case, Lindsay could get off scot-free.

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Phil Alger    

Funny, but after all that has gone down, this time I think she was used! Who's making the money now off of who? Funny, the store scored big time! Not sounding right!

1217 days ago
18.

cb    

tmz she's only going to trial because the media will be outside EVERY DAY this sh*tshow lasts. she will be on tmz HOURLY everyday and the walk to the courtroom will be her runway ... mazel tov harvey, i bet you're happy

1217 days ago
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Medeya    

I don't know if this is stupid or not but I think that she did the right thing by rejecting plea deal. If she truly believes she didn't steal it than good for her! Good luck Lindsay!

1217 days ago
20.

Mikey    

Where are the Trollhans, don't they usually coordinate this stuff. Oh, wait, Michael Lohan is in jail and who knows WTF Dina's doing right now.

1217 days ago
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Tammy LM    

HARVEY!!!! WILL YOU PLEASE GET THAT DAMN OLD WOMAN WITH THE GREEN BACKGROUND OFF MY SCREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S ANNOYING AS HELL. IT WONT GO AWAY AND I CAN'T SEE THE FIRST HEADLINE-STORY ON THE SITE. WTF!!!! WAS TMZ HACKED INTO BY THE AARP????!!!!

1217 days ago
22.

Lori    

Compare this child star's career at this point...to the late great Elizabeth Taylor. Liz had many problems as a young adult (most involving men) but never the kind of trashy stunts Hohan has pulled.

The difference between living a life in the limelight with class and then trash, and Hohan is trash.

1217 days ago
23.

reily    

I hope that this is true . It is the only thing she could do that has the posssiblity to put an end to her legal nightmares. I hope she wins and then moves on .
It is good that she is standing up for herself here. She knows the risks but it just has to be done anyway . 3 years more probation is not and option . This is an adult decision and shows progress in how she is dealing with life. KIck ass Lindsay told you it was the fight of your life . She has learned for the past plea deal that it is a rough road to do and certain failure for her.

1217 days ago
24.

Ashley    

"If she gets off "Scot-Free" it will be a slap in the face of every law abiding citizen.

I doubt this judge wants to send that message to the young people who watch this despicable woman's every move., which to date has been been one debacle after another."

I agree. I am so sick of seeing her getting away with everything. And then either having little to consequences, while if it were us "normal" folks we'd be in jail so fast our heads would be spinning. The system is such a joke. Though I won't be the least bit surprised if she does get either little to consequences out of this cause after all it's Lindsay. And for whatever reason these judges seem scared of her and like they don't wanna punish her or whatever. So pathetic!

1217 days ago
25.

carolyn alley    

Who care's!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lindsey is more known for her antic's instead of her acting!!! I think everybody is tired of hearing about her!

1217 days ago
26.

sarah n    

That girl is way to bold

1217 days ago
27.

Natty    

Great 2011/ 2012 Daddy and daughter in jail at the same time
way to go Lohan's you just can't write this stuff!!! Lmao

1217 days ago
28.

rika    

Just stop going back and forth tmz.You and your "sources" don't know jack.

I'll believe it when she says it in front of the judge.

1217 days ago
29.

Toadless    

How long until she starts doing soft porn?

1217 days ago
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Tammy    

I think going to trial was a bad decision, but the right one for her situation. If she copped a plea and was put on 3 years felony probation, there's NO WAY she would've stayed out of trouble that long and this situation would never be over. Now, whatever happens, it's gonna be resolved.

1217 days ago
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