Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie face the music

by Stephanie Stanton
NBC News

It's time to face the music for two Hollywood party girls. Lindsay Lohan has reached a plea agreement in her two misdemeanor DUI cases and will serve a short jail sentence.

Meanwhile, Nicole Richie checked into a Los Angeles jail and was abruptly released.
Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie, two Hollywood party girls both with two DUI convictions.

Lohan was arrested for driving under the influence first in May and then again in July.

Thursday, she pleaded no contest to the 2 DUI charges and one reckless driving charge. She also pleaded guilty to two counts of being under the influence of cocaine.

The actress issued a statement saying quote, "I broke the law, and today I took responsibility by pleading guilty to the charges in my case."

Lohan was not present for the hearing, instead, her attorneys negotiated the deal in which she will have to serve one day in jail, perform 10 days of community service, and complete a drug rehab program.

Prosecutor Danette Meyers says "Ms. Lohan received the same sentence as anyone would receive given the same facts and circumstances."

Fellow Hollywood party-girl Nicole Richie was arrested last December for DUI and convicted for driving under the influence in 2003. Late Thursday, she checked into the same Los Angeles jail where Paris Hilton did time. Richie was supposed to serve a four day sentence but was released in less than two hours because of jail overcrowding.

Deputy Johnie Jones of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department says, "people who commit misdemeanors, it depends. They could wind up doing a little bit more of their time, but if the jail is overcrowded they could end up serving a small portion of their time."

Now, it seems Nicole Richie has traded the party life for motherhood and is busy preparing for the birth of her first child. Lindsay Lohan is currently in rehab in Utah.

Lindsay Lohan has until January 18th to show that she has successfully completed her rehab program. Both actresses also have to serve 36 months probation and attend alcohol education programs.