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Lindsay Lohan Done With the Legal System?

Lindsay Lohan, or LiLo as she is affectionately known by her friends in the paparazzi, was released from formal probation today by Judge Stephanie Sautner, reports TMZ. Lohan’s formal probation had been extended multiple times since her original 2007 driving under the influence case. Her probation lasted this long due to failure to complete community service and a few more brushes with the law. But the case is finally behind her, right?

Lohan claims that she is done with courtrooms and judges. And she probably means it. Granted, no one says to a judge, “I’m going to break the law tomorrow!” Nevertheless, her statements and efforts to change and remain sober do seem sincere. She may actually pull it off.

But, should she slip up, there is still the system waiting. Lohan is still on informal probation for another two-and-a-half years. While she will no longer have to be actively court-supervised, if she does break a law, she will be hauled back in to court. In addition to whatever punishment results from a future crime, she could face jail time on the 2007 DUI.

There was no mention during the proceedings of her alleged hit and run from earlier this year. It was mentioned in passing in the probation report provided to both attorneys and the judge. It seems unlikely at this point that the incident will have any effect on Lohan’s probation.

Lindsay Lohan has come a long way from her darkest moments in 2007 and 2008. Though she is off supervised probation, the paparazzi will be following her everywhere. The change in probation status might just prove to be a distinction without a difference.

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