07/06/2010 AT 6:30 PM ET
If it was a performance, it deserved at least a nomination. Instead, it earned her one of the worst pans of her life.
Staring down a terrifying stint in a cramped Los Angeles County jail cell, Lindsay Lohan broke into tears Tuesday as she pleaded with a Beverly Hills judge for understanding.
“I did everything I was told to do, I thought I was being compliant,” Lohan, 24, cried as she tried to explain that she didn’t knowingly violate her probation in a DUI case by missing weekly alcohol-education classes. “I’m not taking this as a joke, it’s my life and career. I don’t want you to think I don’t respect you and your terms.”