Lindsay Lohan has decided to go to trial in her felony grand theft case because she is convinced of her innocence.
The actress, who is charged with stealing a necklace worth US$2500 from a jewellery store in Venice, California, is risking a jail and prison sentence after rejecting the plea bargain she was offered.
Lohan has pleaded not guilty to the theft charges and is prepared to take a risk by turning down the agreement, which could cut a potential prison sentence short.
If the 24-year-old had agreed to the offer, it would have included a certain, but much shorter prison term than she can expect if she is found guilty at the trial. Lohan would have also seen her probation time extended to up to three years.
TMZ.com reports that the actress met with her lawyer, Shawn Holley, on Tuesday afternoon (local time) to discuss all her options but made the decision to go to trial herself.
Her case has now been assigned to Judge Stephanie Sautner, who, according to TMZ, is "tough but fair". A preliminary hearing is set to take place on April 22.
Despite Lindsay's strong assertions of innocence, the outcome of the trial is uncertain after a surveillance tape was broadcast on Entertainment Tonight earlier this week that showed the actress in the store, linking her to the crime.
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