Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner refused to dismiss the case against Lohan, but said she often sees more serious cases that get reduced to misdemeanors.
In making her ruling, the judge said, “I’m going to give her an opportunity.”
The misdemeanor has a potential penalty of a year in jail.
The judge’s decision came Friday after Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers concluded her case at a theft hearing against Lohan after calling four witnesses, including two police officers who handled Lohan’s case.
Lohan is accused of stealing a $2,500 diamond necklace from Kamofie & Co. jewelers in Venice.
A May 11 pretrial hearing has been set for the new misdemeanor case. Lohan entered a not guilty plea Friday afternoon. A trial has been tentatively set for June 3.
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