Lindsay Lohan has once again landed herself in a heap of legal trouble. Just as she found out she would be charged next week in Los Angeles for lying to police after a June car accident, she is in yet another bind. A new arrest in NYC for assault. I call people who commit a variety pack of crimes people in need of an Incarcervention. That is an intervention with a criminal legal component. It is common for people in this pattern to not only commit several crimes, but also several types of crimes. With Lohan we have DUI’s, theft and now assault. Quite a combo.
The new charges in Los Angeles are all misdemeanor charges that would normally be eligible for an alternative sentence of rehab, therapy and community service, but because she is already on probation, she may actually do some jail time. In addition, if she is found to have violated her probation she could be ordered to serve a larger part of that original sentence. Now Lohan also faces an assault charge in NYC. Time will tell if the DA files a criminal complaint in that case.
But, no matter what, it is clear that Lindsay is in need of a new round of therapy, accountability and a dose of humility. I tell all of my clients to get a head start on the humility train, as that is a key to success once in our criminal justice system. The two keys are respect and humility. As for Ms Lohan and all of the other celebrity cases in the news this week- acting entitled gets you nowhere except a mug shot gallery. But, change is possible as I always say. But that takes work.
Wendy Feldman is a criminal justice expert, insider and family legal coach. She is available for private consultation on how to prepare for a successful incarceration, probation and re-entry. She is also available for media commentary and has appeared on shows from The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, E! News, People.com, Fox News, NBC News, CNN, NPR and Nancy Grace. She is a weekly featured guest on the syndicated America Now radio program. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org