Dina Lohan Pleads Guilty to DUI
Lindsay Lohan’s mother, Dina Lohan, has pleaded guilty in Nassau County, N.Y., to speeding and driving while drunk, according to news reports. The 51-year-old Lohan was arrested last September 12 on the Northern State Parkway in Long Island driving 77 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone, according to a Daily News article written by Marianne Garvey, Brian Niemetz, and Lachlan Cartwright. At that time, she tested 0.20% in a blood-alcohol test, more than twice New York’s legal limit of 0.08%, writes Christie D’Zurilla for the Los Angeles Times.
Last October, her lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, blamed her drinking on stress from being pursued by paparazzi, D’Zurilla writes. Heller told the Daily News that prosecutors agreed to reduce her speeding charge so she gets only three points on her license, rather than the original nine. Lohan will do 100 hours of community service instead of jail time, and is required to attend a drunk-driving program. D’Zurilla writes that Lohan will have to pay $3,100 in fines. She will also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in her car that will prevent the car from starting if she fails a Breathalyzer test, the Daily News writes.
As this blog has reported, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that ignition interlock devices are highly effective in preventing drunk driving. But although all states use the devices, not all states require everyone convicted of drunk driving to use them. Colorado’s laws requiring the use of ignition interlock devices are complex.
Lohan is scheduled for a June 3 sentencing hearing, Bridget Murphy reports in Newsday, adding that as Lohan exited court and walked toward a silver Rolls Royce, she said, “I’ll never be back here again. You can quote me on that one.”
Nassau District Court Judge Andrew Engel said he plans to give Lohan a conditional discharge, one year during which she will be required to follow sentence terms and not get rearrested, Murphy writes. Authorities dropped a second DWI charge, she notes.
The Daily News reports that Lohan’s lawyer, Heller, said in a statement that his client was happy with the plea deal and felt it was “a great start to the Holy Week.” Murphy writes that he also said: “On this, the first day of Passover, an offer has been made to Dina Lohan that is too good to pass over — no jail, no probation and the opportunity to resume her driving.”
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