Being charged with a felony is not so grand.
Lindsay Lohan got a good scolding from a judge and was then taken into custody after pleading not guilty this afternoon to stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice jewelry store.
Prosecutors had asked that the judge demand $20,000 bail for the felony charge and another $20,000 for alleged probation violation. Lohan has been on probation since 2007 for two DUI busts. A judge extended her sentence in 2009 until Aug. 11, 2011.
But though, once again, a bail bondsman was present and Lohan isn't planning to spend a significant amount of time locked up, she didn't escape the wag of the finger.
"You're in a different situation now that a felony has been filed against you," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz told her. "Although people have been courteous, in this court's opinion, in only requesting $20,000 on the probation violation, you now have a pending felony case. So, in the interim, while this case is percolating until a resolution is reached, if you violate the law, I will remand you and set no bail."
"A felony is a different situation," he added. "You need to follow the laws just like everyone else. You're no different than anyone else so please don't push your luck because things will be different."
Deputy D.A. Danette Meyers told the court that Lohan had sent flowers to the store she allegedly stole from, whose owners asked in turn that Lohan be barred from contacting them any further.
Schwartz duly ordered the starlet, who was clad in a slim-fitting white dress, to not go to the store or contact the alleged victims.
Lohan's next hearing was set for Feb. 23 when, the judge said, they would try to "settle the case."
On the flip side, Lohan will be treated to a nutritious, preschool-reminiscent snack during the booking process, according to defense attorney Alec Rose (who is not associated with the Lohan case).
"She gets two pieces of wheat bread, a tube or peanut butter, two peanut butter cookies, and a banana," says Rose. "Unfortunately, no glass of milk."
—Additional reporting by Whitney English