Expert: Lindsay Lohan Must Explain Possession of Necklace

LiLo in Court
Lindsay arrives to deal with her felony theft charge.
Lindsay Lohan’s felony grand theft charge stemming from the alleged theft of a $2,500 necklace from a Santa Monica, California jeweler is the most recent chapter in the former child star’s legal troubles of the last year. We spoke with Attorney Steven Cron of the Cron, Israels and Stark law firm to get his thoughts on how LiLo should handle this and what he believes are her chances when it comes to trial.

In Cron’s eyes, courtroom theatrics will not be enough to fix this. Rather, it all boils down to her, and how well she’s able to explain her possession of the necklace to the jury. “If I’m her lawyer, ” he tells Celebuzz, “I sit down and talk with her and say, ‘Well, what happened? How did you get the necklace? Why were you wearing it? Why didn’t you have it returned? Why didn’t you call sooner? Did someone give you permission to take the necklace out of the store? Did you forget about it? What is your explanation as to how you have that necklace several days after you were seen with it in the store?'”

Her past courtroom experiences, caused by DUI charges and probation violations, will only hurt her chances, Cron believes. “Clearly, all those things will be taken into consideration.”

The maximum sentence possible for her felony theft charge is three years in prison, although he thinks it’s very unlikely she will receive that. What’s more likely, in the event that her defense does not prevail, is more time in the L.A. County Jail, where she already spent 30 days over the summer.

For Cron, the jury’s tipping point, provided Lindsay does have reasonable explanation, will be the 2008 charge against her of the theft of a $12,000 coat that was resolved with “no admission of guilt,” but nonetheless appears to show a pattern.

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