(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday, A Los Angeles judge gave Lindsay Lohan a deadline of March 25 to decide whether she wants to accept a plea deal or go to trial on a felony charge of stealing a $2,500 necklace. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Clad in a gold leather tunic and black tights and accompanied by her mother, Dina, Lohan stayed silent for most of the hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom. She was also accompanied by her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley.
If convicted, Lohan could go to California state prison for up to three years. The 24-year-old actress already has been to jail three times in the past three years for DUI, drug possession, and probation violations.
California criminal defense attorney Dana Cole thinks it's unlikely Lohan will serve time for the jewelry case.
"No one's cutting her any breaks," he told ABCNews.com. "This is not a major felony case at all, I doubt she will do any jail time on this felony, it could get reduced to a misdemeanor. The question is the probation violation; that will only be dealt with after the necklace caper is resolved in one way or the other."
At her last appearance on Feb. 23, Judge Keith Schwartz set Lohan's bail at $40,000 -- $20,000 each for both the felony charge and for violation of her probation stemming from her 2007 DUI case. The judge warned Lohan that any plea deal would involve jail time.
"If you plead in front of me, you are going to jail, period!" Schwartz told Lohan during the Feb hearing.
Lohan's only public comments outside of court about the case have been to the TV show "Extra," saying she is embarrassed by the legal spectacle.
"I don't like the attention," she said on Extra. "I don't want that. I want my attention to come through my films, from the work that I'm doing."
But Lohan reportedly has said that the necklace in question was loaned to her by the jewelry store Kamofie & Co. and her assistant returned it to police.
After detectives started looking into the case and began preparing a search warrant, a friend of Lohan's brought the necklace to the Pacific Division police station.
This week Kamofie & Co. sold the rights to the security video of Lohan for an undisclosed price. The store owners said Wednesday they will auction off the necklace and donate the proceeds to charity but they wont be able to do so until the case is resolved since the necklace is being held by prosecutors as evidence.
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