Lindsay Lohan begins community service in New York

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Lindsay Lohan is seen in this mugshot provided by the Santa Monica Police Department.
Lindsay Lohan is seen in this mugshot provided by the Santa Monica Police Department.

NEW YORK -- Lindsay Lohan is finally fulfilling her court-ordered community service in Brooklyn, one day later than originally scheduled.

She began working at the Duffield Children's Center in Fort Greene Wednesday as part of her reckless driving plea deals.

Lohan has only 16 days to finish 115 hours of service. That's an average of more than seven hours a day.

Lohan tweeted, "Happy to be home with my family and friends. Missed this place."

Lohan has only completed a tiny fraction of her remaining service and will face "consequences" if she doesn't finish by the end of May month, a Los Angeles judge warned.

She is doing administrative work the first day. Judge Mark Young said he was concerned Lohan had managed to work fewer than 10 hours of 125 hours of service she was ordered to complete over three years.

"If not done by May 28, there will be consequences," Young said.

Lohan, 28, is on probation for reckless driving and lying to police after crashing her Porsche on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica on her way to a film shoot in 2012.

The actress wasn't in Los Angeles County Superior Court for her probation hearing, but she would be expected to show up later if she blows the deadline and prosecutors ask that she be found in violation of probation. If that happens, they plan to ask for jail time.

Santa Monica Deputy City Attorney Melanie Skehar was skeptical Lohan could accomplish the steep task ahead of her in the next three weeks.

"Is it possible? It's possible. Is it probable? No," Skehar said outside court. "When you have a responsibility and you know what you have to complete by a certain date, there's no excuse."

The once-promising star of "Mean Girls," whose career has sputtered and been overshadowed by legal troubles, could face up to a year and a half behind bars.

The actress ran into trouble earlier this year when her attorney presented proof she completed 240 hours of community service with a charity in London, where she now lives.

After the prosecutor criticized Lohan for receiving credit for meeting fans of a stage production of "Speed-the-Plow," which she appeared in, Young rejected 125 hours and ordered her to complete them later this month.

Defense lawyer Shawn Holley said it's not feasible for Lohan to make that deadline if she continues working with a charity that helps neglected children and disabled adults in London.

So, to complete the 115 remaining hours of service, Lohan will pack her bags and move to New York to work with children in Brooklyn, Holley said.

Lohan wasn't able to complete the service in London because she lives 90 minutes from where she was required to work, Holley said. With private transportation costing $76 an hour and Lohan out of work, that proved difficult.

Lohan had suggested her lawyer ask the court to consider three hours of commute time as community service, but Holley said she knew it was a "nonstarter," so she didn't bother to ask.

The case is the final criminal matter Lohan faces in Los Angeles, where she was first arrested in a driving under the influence and drug possession case in 2007 and later charged with stealing a necklace from a Venice jewelry store.

She has struggled to comply with terms of her sentences. She has been sentenced to jail five times, ordered to work in the Los Angeles morgue and sent to court-mandated rehab several times.

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