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Actress Lindsay Lohan appears in court with her new attorney, Mark Heller, by her side on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

Lindsay Lohan has car crash case hearing, lawyer trying to reach deal

03/01/2013 by Corinne Heller

Lindsay Lohan has another hearing about her summer car crash case in Los Angeles on Friday, March 1, while her lawyer is still trying to work out a deal with prosecutors to keep her out of jail.

The 26-year-old "Mean Girls" star, who is not required to attend the session, is facing charges of lying to cops, reckless driving and "willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer in the course of their duties," stemming from a June 2012 car accident in Los Angeles. While she has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges, they did spur a judge to revoke her probation from a 2011 missing necklace case.

In January, a judge scheduled the hearing as well as a date for a trial -- March 18. Lohan's attorney, Mark Heller, wants the case dismissed.

He hopes to avoid a trial and wants to try to reach a deal with prosecutors that would dismiss or at least reduce the charges, which could keep the actress out of jail. Over the past five years, she has served several stints behind bars, which have lasted a total of less than two weeks, and has also been to rehab to treat substance abuse.

On Wednesday, Heller told OTRC's parent company, KABC Television, that "Lindsay has experienced an epiphany," adding: "She has looked very closely at the present circumstance and has decided time has come to take a path that will enable her to be a proud, productive and positive contributor in her life, to her family, society and to the industry."

Heller says Lohan is undergoing intense psychotherapy sessions and that she wants to record public service announcements about the dangers of domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drunken driving. He added that her plans have nothing to do with the criminal case.

Lindsay Lohan's other legal issues

Lohan is also facing misdemeanor charges over a separate case -- she is accused of getting into an altercation with a woman, a psychic, at a New York nightclub. Heller says Lohan never made physical contact with her.

Lohan is also facing a lawsuit from a Los Angeles paparazzo, who claims he injured in a 2010 car crash involving her. He said she was in the passenger's seat as the driver of the vehicle ran him over as he tried to snap photos of her.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered Lohan, who owns the car, to pay the man $1,000 for failing to attend depositions about the case. The actress' insurance lawyer, Julia Azrael, said in August in her own court filing that the paparazzo "carelessly put himself near a moving automobile in order to photograph" Lohan.

(Pictured above: Lindsay Lohan appears at a Los Angeles court with her attorney, Mark Heller, at a previous hearing about her car crash case that took place on Jan. 30, 2013.)

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