DEL AIRE, Calif. (KTLA) -- Actress Lindsay Lohan is finally off formal probation, which started five years ago following two drunk driving convictions.
Lohan appeared in court on Thursday morning with her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, for the last in a series of probation checkups with Judge Stephanie Sautner.
She should have finished two years ago, but it was extended after several probation violations, including missed counseling sessions, failed drug and alcohol tests and a shoplifting conviction.
In the shoplifting case, Lohan pleaded no contest in Feb. 2011 to misdemeanor theft and a probation violation.
The 25-year-old was sentenced to 120 days in jail, and required to perform 360 hours of community service at the Downtown Women's Center and 120 hours at the L.A. County morgue.
Due to jail overcrowding, she served the sentence under house arrest, wearing an ankle monitor.
After missteps in completing her probation requirements, Lohan's probation was revoked in October 2011.
Judge Sautner sentenced her to 300 days in county jail, but then stayed 270 of those days on a month-to-month basis, provided she completed her community service and attended counseling.
Lohan has had to check in with Sautner once a month since then.
In court on Wednesday, Sautner terminated Lohan's formal probation stemming from the DUI convictions.
"Miss Lohan has done everything that she was ordered to do, so the 270 days is permanently stayed," Sautner said. "Probation terminates today."
Lohan is still on probation in the necklace theft case, but Sautner converted that to informal, summary probation.
If she stays out of trouble, Lohan's informal probation will expire on May 24, 2012.
"The only terms left for you on that case are to obey all laws," Sautner explained.
She added, "I know it's kind of hard when people follow you all over the place, but that's the life you chose."
Sautner also told Lohan she needed to "live her life in a more mature way" and "stop the nightclubbing."
Lohan addressed the court at the end of the hearing, saying, "I just want to say thank you for being fair, and it's really opened a lot of doors for me, so I really appreciate it."
As they got up to leave, Lohan and Holley embraced.
Recently, it has appeared that Lohan's career is getting back on track.
Her March 3rd hosting gig on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" received high ratings, and she is set to begin filming on a Lifetime TV movie about Elizabeth Taylor.
Lohan will also guest star as herself in an upcoming episode of FOX's "Glee."
A recent incident outside a Hollywood nightclub threatened more legal trouble for Lohan.
A man claimed Lohan hit him with her Porsche and then left the scene.
But Lohan's probation officer decided the incident was much ado about nothing, according to sources familiar with the case.
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Lindsay Lohan involved in crash on PCH. (Courtesy: TMZ / March 29, 2012)