The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office formally filed charges against Lindsay Lohan today and as expected, Lohan was not charged with a felony. Although cocaine was found during both of her DUI arrests, and she fled the scene of an accident, Lohan faces seven misdemeanors and four days in jail. If the felonies would have been entered, Lohan would have faced several years in prison. TMZ reports:
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. As 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.”
Well, I guess that’s that. I’ve seen episodes of Dragon Tales that were scarier than the LA District Attorney.