Lindsay Lohan breaks down in tears as judge sentences her to 90 days in jail

The emotion all became too much for Lindsay Lohan as the Mean Girls star was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating her probation.

Twenty-four-year-old Lindsay burst into tears and sobbed on her lawyer's shoulder as Judge Marsha Revel handed out the sentence in California.

Lindsay must start her jail term on July 20, and she has to also serve 90 days as an inpatient on a substance abuse program once she is released.

Prior to sentencing, Lindsay had tearfully addressed the judge after it had been ruled she violated her probation by missing alcohol education classes.

She maintained that a busy work schedule had interfered with her attendance, but she had tried her best to keep up with the order.

"I did do everything I was told to do and did the best I could to balance jobs and showing up," she said.

"I'm not taking this as a joke. It's my life and my career, something I have worked for my entire life.

"I have tried to do the best I can. It's just been such a long haul. I don't want you to think I don't respect you and your terms.

"I really did think I was doing what I was supposed to do, and I mean it with all my heart."

Lindsay's lawyer urged Judge Revel not to be too harsh on her client as she "did the best she could under extremely difficult circumstances."

But the judge wasn't to be swayed, saying: "I couldn't have been more clear [about my orders]. There are no excuses."

The court was told how Lindsay had missed once-weekly classes at an alcohol education program nine times since October 16.

She had been on probation since August 2007 after pleading guilty to misdemeanour drug charges and no contest to three driving charges.

In May, Lindsay was fitted with an alcohol-monitoring bracelet after she failed to attend a probation hearing. At the time she was at the Cannes Film Festival, but was unable to travel back, as her passport was stolen, she said.

Supporting her at the court hearing were Lindsay's father Michael and sister Ali. Her mother Dina was not thought to be there.

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