Lindsay Lohan Finally Graduates from Years-Long Probation

Lindsay Lohan met up with her lawyer Shawn Holley at the LAX Courthouse yesterday for her final progress hearing, stemming from a long-running 2007 drunk-driving case and a string of violations, rehab stints and jail sentences.

The 25-year-old actress arrived at the court house in good spirits as Judge Stephanie Saunter of the Los Angeles Superior Court told Lohan her last advice, saying “You need to live your life in a more mature way, stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work,” adding “I don’t expect to see you again.”

Lindsay, in return, told the judge, “I just want to say thank you. It has really opened a lot of doors for me. Thank you for being fair.”

Lohan’s legal problems began in 2007 after two DUI arrests. After missing a court appearance in May 2010, which led to a jail stint of 14 days (from July 20 to August 2), Lindsay spent 23 days in an inpatient facility. But things got worse when she pled no contest to stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice, CA jewelry store and was sentenced to house arrest. In October 2011, after a last warning from the judge, Lohan finally began working through her community service. In the end, it took her four and a half years to complete her probation.

Judge Saunter said, “She did it. She has done everything that this court asked of her,” and even did 9 more days of community service than she needed to do.

For now, Lindsay Lohan will now be on informal probation until 2014, so all she needs to do is obey the law to avoid any further setbacks to her career. All of the hard work seems to pay off, as after her SNL hosting in March 3, she is now set to appear on “Glee” and will star as Elizabeth Taylor on Lifetime’s upcoming TV-film.

Photos by: Ryan Fu/WENN.com

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