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Lindsay Lohan Brazil trip should not impact court-ordered rehab

April 01, 2013|By Richard Winton

The paparazzi have been chasing Lindsay Lohan through Brazil, where she was doing promotions for a jeans company.

But despite this extended international travel, Lohan should not face any problems with her legal case as long as she returns to the United States by May.

Lohan has until May 2 to prove to the Los Angeles County Superior Court that she has enrolled in rehab. She has said she'd like to do the rehab in New York.

An L.A. judge last month sentenced the actress to serve a 90-day stint in a drug rehabilitation facility, directed her not to leave the facility for any reason and said there would be no passes of any kind that allow her to leave the grounds.

The facility does not have to be locked, but the judge made clear she would violate her probation if she left at any time. Officials will be monitoring her progress.

Lohan reported to the Santa Monica Police Department and got her latest mug shot taken Tuesday after her no-contest plea a day earlier to misdemeanor charges stemming from a crash on Pacific Coast Highway.

Turning herself in to police -- though she was not held -- was part of the process of following through on the plea deal.

The booking was largely a formality after the judge sentenced Lohan to five days in jail as part of a plea agreement; the time will be served as part of her rehab stint.

The "Mean Girls" star avoided jail in a last-minute deal by pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving and providing false information to police. A charge of willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer was dismissed. In addition to spending 90 days in rehab, she must also spend 18 months in psychotherapy and serve 30 days of community service.

In pleading no contest, Lohan admitted she had violated her probation in a 2011 shoplifting case.

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Mark Heller, the New York-based attorney now representing Lohan, said his client was "extremely gratified with the end result."

"I'm very confident that you won't be seeing Lindsay Lohan in any criminal courts any time in the future," Heller said outside the courthouse Monday. "She has fully recognized all of the issues that have to be addressed, and I'm very confident she'll be able to move forward in her life with dignity, pride and respect."

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