Just when things were starting to look up for Lindsay Lohan, a bit of possibly bad news comes to fruition.
The Mean Girls starlet is finally in the good graces of Judge Stephanie Sautner following her progress hearing today, but that doesn't necessarily mean she'll be able to jet off to Canada in the spring if she nabs the coveted role of Elizabeth Taylor in the upcoming Lifetime biopic.
So what gives?
Blame it on those pesky past legal indiscretions.
As it turns out, even if Lohan completes all of her court-ordered requirements by March to avoid jail time here in the states, she would still technically be on probation, which could prevent her from entering the country to film.
"March is when all of [Lohan's] requirements of probation are completed, but that's not when her probation terminates," criminal attorney Troy Slaten told E! News. "Judge Sautner said she would be willing to convert it from supervised probation to unsupervised probation if Lindsay successfully completes all the terms that the she has imposed."
Lohan will remain on probation until May 11, 2014, according to the City Attorney's Office, and under her current supervised probation, the actress is not allowed to leave the state of California without the approval of her probation officer.
Hence, the "complications" with her probation our source mentioned when discussing Lohan's potential casting in the flick.
And that's not all.
According to the Canadian government, "If you were convicted of an offense in Canada or outside of Canada that is considered a crime in Canada, you are considered to be criminally inadmissible to Canada."
Those offenses include driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and could render someone criminally inadmissible to the country (which Lohan has certainly been busted for in the past, among various other offenses).
"In Canada, a DUI is a felony, they take it very seriously there in regards to entry," said Slaten. "Canada says we want you to wait five years after probation ends for you to be allowed in, unless you have special permission."
All is not lost, however.
Lohan could be granted special permission to enter into the maple leaf country, but it would be based upon special dispensation.
"She would apply with the consulate, which would allow the Canadian government to allow her entry prior to the period of deemed rehabilitation, which they consider to be five years following the conclusion of probation," Slaten said.
Which means that unless Lohan is given special dispensation, Lifetime would have to wait more than five years to film the Elizabeth Taylor flick, unless the location was switched up to somewhere in the states.
Lohan wouldn't be the first celebrity to run into issues with Canada's border laws, however.
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