Lindsay Lohan began 2011 right where she left off 2010: in rehab. After an extended stay, Lindsay left the Betty Ford Center in early January, but her legal mess — which stemmed from a 2007 arrest — was still not over as the troubled starlet was still on probation. Pics and more after the jump.
Immediately after she was released, reports surfaced that Lindsay might have been under the influence while at Betty Ford — but that was nothing compared to what came in February: Lohan was charged with felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a necklace from a Venice Beach jewelry store. Lohan allegedly walked out of the store wearing the necklace and didn’t pay for it. Whether or not the move was deliberate — and why she didn’t return the necklace right away — became points of debate in the subsequent legal battle.
In April she was sentenced to jail after a judge ruled that she was in violation of probation — but the charges against her were reduced to a misdemeanor. She was ordered to serve 120 days in jail and to serve 480 hours of community service. In May, Lohan pleaded no contest to misdemeanor grand theft, but was not given an additional sentence.
Instead of going behind bars, Lindsay served her jail sentence on house arrest in a posh Venice Beach pad for about 35 days, as sentences for non-violent offenders are almost always reduced. While on house arrest, Lindsay was seen hosting parties for friends and her monitor device went off — although she blamed it on an alcohol-laced tea. Hours after the house arrest ended, Lindsay was off clubbing.
Although she was supposed to be hunkering down and logging community service hours, Lindsay spent most of the next few months partying and traveling for various photoshoots. When it came time for a progress hearing in October, Lindsay’s probation was revoked after a judge heard that she’d been kicked out of one of her community service programs for non-attendance and hadn’t complied with other scheduling terms.
She eventually admitted that she violated her probation in her DUI cases and was ordered to serve 30 days behind bars — although she only was in jail for about 5 hours due to overcrowding. The judge ruled she must serve the remainder of her community service at the morgue, and as of December, it was reported that she was in compliance and actually ahead of schedule.
As of December, her big comeback plan was centered on a nude Playboy spread, for which she was paid a reported $1 million.