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Lindsay Lohan Would Consider No-Jail Plea Bargain, Her Lawyer Says

Actress Lindsay Lohan appears in court during her arraignment on a felony grand theft charge at the LAX Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. AP Photo/Mario Anzuoni

Lindsay Lohan To Consider No-Jail Plea Bargain, Her Lawyer Says
Lindsay Lohan appears in court at the LAX Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles, Feb. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Mario Anzuoni)
(CBS/AP) Lindsay Lohan entered a "not guilty" plea in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, but would consider entering into a plea deal if it meant she would avoid jail, her attorney said Thursday.

Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, told CNN that although the grand theft charge is "entirely defensible," her client would consider making a deal in order to stay out of jail and get back on the road to recovery.

"Ms. Lohan maintains her innocence, and now that I've seen the police reports, I believe the case is entirely defensible," Holley told CNN. "Having said that, we will entertain a discussion concerning a plea if it means no jail so that she can move forward with her recovery and her career."

Lohan was arraigned Wednesday on a felony grand theft charge that she stole a "one of a kind" $2,500 necklace from an upscale jeweler in Venice, California; however, Lohan maintains that she was loaned the necklace and was told that she could keep it if she was photographed wearing it in a major publication.

After the brief hearing, Lohan posted bond and is scheduled to appear in front of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz on February 23.

Schwartz will decide if the theft charge warrants sending Lohan back to jail immediately on a probation violation. The court date will also be used to consider a possible negotiated resolution to the charge, reports CNN.

The theft accusation which was filed Wednesday comes five weeks after Lohan was released from her court-ordered stint at the Betty Ford Clinic where she was accused of battery on a worker.

In both cases, Lohan has denied any wrongdoing.

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