Actress Lindsay Lohan was charged on Wednesday with grand theft over a $2,500 necklace that was allegedly taken from a Los Angeles jewelry store.
Lohan was scheduled to appear in court later on Wednesday for an arraignment on the single felony count.
If convicted, the 24-year-old "Mean Girls" star could be sent to prison just as she struggles to end more than three years of court appearances, failed drug tests and brief spells in jail stemming from a 2007 drunk driving conviction.
Lohan's lawyer has said that the actress denies the allegations and will fight them in court.
Friends have said Lohan believed the necklace, which has been returned to police, was on loan.
Lohan is still on probation for the 2007 driving offense and was warned by a Beverly Hills judge in October that she could face six months in jail if she slipped up again.