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Lindsay Lohan May Dodge Jail

5/3/2011 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan is poised to avoid jail entirely, despite her 120-day sentence ... TMZ has learned.

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TMZ broke the story ... Lindsay will plead no contest to misdemeanor theft, and it's likely the judge will not increase the 120 day sentence -- in other words, once she serves the 120 days, she's home free.

Now here's the twist.  TMZ has checked with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department -- which runs the jail where Lindsay must serve her sentence.  We're told for non-violent, misdemeanor offenses, the Sheriff's Department routinely allows inmates to serve their time at home, provided they wear an electronic monitoring device.

We're also told the L.A. County Probation Dept. is down with non-violent, misdemeanor offenders serving time at home.

Judge Stephanie Sautner has made it clear -- Lindsay will be treated just like any other defendant, and people in Lindsay's shoes simply don't get put behind bars.

Ironic, isn't it.  She's accused of stealing a necklace, and a bracelet will set her free.

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1.

Mike    

Welp, at least we could take care of bin Laden.

1184 days ago
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Melina    

Wow TMZ you're KINDA biased towards us regular people and not lindsay. That's a long way from "stealing and dui isnt a big deal". gratz?

1184 days ago
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Tony Johnson    

That's my girl!

1184 days ago
4.

kar    

Does anyone really care!

1184 days ago
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Christyyyy    

Oh goodness! She's never gonna learn.

1184 days ago
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spyke    

That doesn't make her free, house arrest is still a prison of sorts. It will do this girl good to have to stay home for a few weeks.

1184 days ago
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Jackie    

Ok....Does this mean that her story is finally done?

1184 days ago
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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes! Shocking!

1184 days ago
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Crabbey    

I don't think that applies to a probation violation. She's going to the pokey. Don't let TMZ or Dina fool you.

1184 days ago
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mannequin    

If she serves the time in her house with no cameras or paparazzi, it's the same as a slow death to her. She survives on tabloid publicity.

1184 days ago
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cyn    

So house arrest for the full 120 days?????????????

1184 days ago
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John dowser    

I am "SO SICK" of these Hollywood Stars getting Hollywood stars treatment from the justice system in California, it truly is sickening.

These idiot stars never get treated like every day people, and the ones that screw up constantly (Lindsay)should get boycotted at the theater by regular movie going Americans. The ability to act well or not. These stars are LOSER Human Beings who should be serving out sentences.The judges that kiss their ass should be voted out. But then again we are talking about Californians actually having a moral fibre in their body.Liberalism at its best out there...

1184 days ago
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Sherri Maki    

This chick needs to do some serious time. If I did all this stuff I would be in jail a long time ago!!

1184 days ago
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Will    

Yeah, except the 120-day sentence was for the parole violation, not the theft, which she hadn't been convicted of yet when the sentence was handed down. So how the Sheriff's Department normally treats non-violent misdemeanor offenders seems irrelevant.

1184 days ago
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Carl    

Once again TMZ is looking for each and every way to say Lindsay won't get in trouble. It seems like Lindsay may be paying you off for these kinds of stories. Why else would you run so many of them?

1184 days ago
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