Is Lindsay Lohan’s Sentence Fair? Legal Experts Answer!
Today was D-Day for Linsday Lohan, who received30 days in jail for violating her probation.
An additional 270 days are waiting in reserve if one of her designer high heels steps out of line. The punishment seems pretty severe, with very set terms. Is it fair? Should she have gotten more or less time? Is she being made an example of — or spared a harsher sentence because of her celebrity status?
We asked the experts! Celebuzz turned to Michael Wildes, (WildesLaw.com) a practicing attorney in NYC, and “Rising Star” award-winner Matthew P. Krupnick, Esq., from Krupnick and Krupnick (www.greatLAlawyers.com) to give us the lowdown on today’s ruling.
“I think the court is frustrated with her arrogance and sense of entitlement,” Michael says. Its important to send out a message to those that are watching that there is no difference whether you’re red or blue blood when laws are broken.”
Can you help to explain the terms she received today?
Michael: The court has the authority to increase punishment and the judge exercised that today.
Matthew: So long as she complies with those court orders after she serves her minimal initial jail time, she won’t ever have to serve the 300 day jail sentence that she would otherwise have had to.
In your expert opinion, do you feel she is being treated differently than a non-celebrity?
Michael: No, not at this point. I think the court would be frustrated just the same — celebrity or non-celebrity. The mettle of this court is being tested when they force somebody to work in a certain type of community service.
Matthew: Yes. I have been in this business long enough and had enough experience to form the opinion that 99% of the population would never get this song and dance type of sentencing or treatment that Ms. Lohan continues to get.
Does jail overcrowding play a part in her sentencing? (celebs in general often seem to get minimal jail time for this reason)?
Michael: Not when it comes to somebody this prominent.
Matthew: Overcrowding technically should not play a role in sentencing.
What happens if she violates the terms of this ruling?
Michael: The judge could order her to do time in prison.
Matthew: If she violates the terms of this deal, I think the judge is going to rightfully “throw the book at her.”
In your opinion, what jail time or probation should she be subjected to?
Michael: Yes, I do.
Matthew: While I think her sentence is certainly too light in this instance … I think she should serve more time in jail, an actual 30 days in jail (not 30 days on paper and six days in reality) would be appropriate, as well as probation, the community service, as well as some house arrest to keep her at home and out of trouble, hopefully reflecting on her actions and what she needs to do to get her life back on track.