Thursday, July 26, 2007
So MSNBC is yammering on about experts who said Lindsay could spend six months in jail. Of course, they don't name the experts. I think it's 50/50 if Lindsay spends any time in jail. I know, I know she got busted for the same thing as Paris who spent time in jail and Lindsay has some extra charges that have been thrown her way also, BUT in case you didn't notice the whole Paris going to jail for driving on a suspended license was just not consistent with the way things are normally done and the blowback was pretty impressive. Because there are some felony charges here, this thing isn't going to trial for a very long time. So, if Lindsay can clean up her act and not get into ANY trouble between now and the trial in the somewhat distant future then I'm thinking a suspended sentence with probation and community service.
The tough part of this is not really the cocaine charges, but rather the first DUI charge. If she's convicted of that, then there is less leeway for the judge in the 2nd case should Lindsay be convicted there of the same offense. Then she would be probably looking at some jail time, but NOT six months. The whole bringing drugs into the jail is a messed up charge because she didn't try and give it to anyone and the cops should have found it. She can always say she thought the cops had already taken it from her. So, that is the biggest felony charge gone in an instant.
The cocaine from the first DUI was not actually found on Lindsay but rather in the car from which she had already fled. Although she's still culpable, that will probably be dropped as well.
First arrest that leaves DUI and hit and run.
Second arrest that leaves DUI and cocaine possession.
The hit and run will probably be dropped because it was a one vehicle accident and the only person "injured" was Lindsay. So, now we are down to just DUI on the first arrest. If you want to get all crazy you can say that Lindsay could have had drinks before she got tested by the cops because she was so nervous. She could claim she wasn't drinking at the time she was driving but had them in between the accident and when her blood was drawn. Of course it would be a crap argument but she could still hint at it.
So if we have a conviction on the first DUI and a conviction on both of the remaining charges from the second DUI, but with Lindsay being the most perfect princess in the interim, then I think she will get at most a 30 day sentence. If the sentence is longer, then it will most likely be suspended with multiple years of probation and a many hours of community service. During that time period she must also be the perfect princess and not get into any trouble.
This is going to be a very long year for Lindsay and if she doesn't get clean, a very long several years from which her career may not recover.