Actress Lindsay Lohan pleaded no contest to stealing a necklace on Wednesday, in a deal that could see her serve time at home.

Lohan's lawyer entered the plea on the theft charge at a court in Los Angeles. The 24-year-old actress did not appear in court.

The plea means the 24-year-old actress is not acknowledging guilt but the case stands as a conviction.  She is required to surrender to authorities on or before June 17.

Only last month, Lohan was sentenced to 120 days in jail for violating probation and ordered to complete community service. She was released on $75,000 US bail after spending less than five hours behind bars.

In Wednesday's ruling, Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner said if Lohan is approved for home detention, she would not be allowed to leave home during the day to do her community service.

"House arrest is supposed to be in lieu of jail," said the judge.

Sautner says the actress will remain on probation until November and should undergo psychological counselling.

Lohan was charged in February with taking a necklace, worth $2,500 US, from a jewelry store in her neighbourhood of Venice without paying for it.

The incident happened roughly three weeks after she was released from court-ordered rehab on a 2007 drunken driving case.

With files from The Associated Press