- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lindsay Lohan is back at a Los Angeles courthouse Wednesday for a hearing that could determine whether charges of felony grand theft in the case of a stolen necklace can be resolved before trial.

The “Mean Girls” star arrived just before the start of a hearing in the case, which was filed after a jewelry store reported a $2,500 necklace stolen. Wearing high-waisted white pants and a low-cut black top, she read papers while her attorney, a prosecutor and the judge held an in-chambers conference.

Her parents, Dina and Michael Lohan, sat in the front row of the courtroom, several seats apart.

Lohan has pleaded not guilty, but her attorney has indicated that she may accept a plea deal.

The necklace case has become the latest trouble for Lohan, who was sent to jail twice and rehab twice last year for violating her probation. It could land her back in jail, yet the troubled starlet seems to keep running into trouble.

Lohan was cited for speeding around 9 p.m. Monday in West Hollywood, reportedly driving 59 mph in a 35 mph zone, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz was expected to get reports on Lohan’s probation and decide whether the case can be resolved before trial. He has indicated that he thinks Lohan violated her probation on a 2007 drunken driving case, but has not said how he will handle the matter.

He threatened to jail the actress if she encountered any other problems.

“Everybody else has to follow the law,” Schwartz told Lohan earlier this month. “You’re no different than anyone else. So please, don’t push your luck.”

Lohan spent three months in rehab at the Betty Ford Center and was accused by a rehab worker there of misdemeanor battery during a December argument. Prosecutors in Riverside County have not yet decided whether to pursue charges.

About three weeks after her release, Lohan was accused of taking the necklace from Kamofie & Co., a jewelry store near Lohan’s new home in Venice. The necklace was turned over to detectives before they could serve a warrant to search Lohan’s home.

The 24-year-old actress’s career has been stalled for months; she lost her part in a biopic of porn star Linda Lovelace while she was in rehab at Betty Ford.

Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Holley, has denied the actress stole the necklace and said she’s passed all drug testing.

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