Lindsay Lohan returns to court Friday in connection with her probation violation. What might the future hold for the young actress, who is currently in a rehab facility in southern California? According to attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan, Judge Elden Fox will use the appearance to demonstrate to Lohan that he isn’t going to put up with any more missteps from Lohan, and he’ll likely order her to return to rehab and not go back to jail. In reality, Judge Fox began to set the stage for this earlier in the week, when he refused to take a meeting with Lohan’s team, prior to the official court date. According to Kaplan, this is some indication that “the judge did not want to make any appearance of impropriety or inside negotiating.” Ordering Lohan to leave her rehab facility and appear in person might also be a way of reprimanding her for showing up in court with “f--- you” etched on one of her fingernails. “I think that when Lindsay appeared originally at the first sentencing hearing, she didn’t comport herself in demeanor or apparel in a way that suggested she had any requisite respect for the system. Judge Fox is wanting to be very clear that this is not a discretionary exercise, he’s the one in charge,” Kaplan said. In terms of what the judge might actually do about Lohan’s probation violation: Kaplan thinks sending her to jail is unlikely.
“It’s more than likely that if he revokes probation, he would probably let her finish rehab with condition that if she doesn’t complete it in full she’s in violation of the sentencing. Rehab is not a get-out-of-jail-free card.” Kaplan feels Judge Fox has no choice but to allow Lohan to finish rehab.“If he (sent her back to jail) it would be like saying ‘I don’t care about your rehab,’ it would actually be contrary to the whole integrity of the system ... it would be very disappointing.” No trip to court has been without family drama for Lohan. As for what we can expect there Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET, her family, including her estranged father Michael Lohan, will be in attendance. “I am going to court but I have no other further comment other than I love her and I will always be there for her,” Michael said via email on Thursday. Related slideshow:The life and career of Lindsay Lohan