Lindsay Lohan in court
Lindsay Lohan appeared at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles with her lawyer Shawn Chapman. Reuters

Lindsay Lohan decided to try and prove her innocence, reported

The 24-year-old actress turned down a plea deal that included jail time and chose to move forward with a trial in her felony grand theft case confirmed.

Ms. Lohan has maintained her innocence from the moment this case was filed and she has never wavered, her attorney Shawn Holley said in a statement.

Though many advised her to follow the safe route by taking 'the deal', the truth is, Ms. Lohan is innocent; she has a strong defense; and we are confident that a jury will listen to the evidence fairly and acquit her.

The Mean Girls actress is accused of stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice, Calif., jewelry store. Lohan maintains that the necklace was loaned to her.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 22. There testimonies will be heard and a judge will decide if there is enough evidence for a trial.

If found guilty Lohan faces a maximum of three years in prison. She also faces the possibility of jail time if a judge decides she violated her probation in a DUI case.