Lindsay Lohan has court date - for car crash case pretrial hearing
Lindsay Lohan arrived at a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, January 30, for a pretrial hearing about misdemeanor charges of allegedly lying to police about a summer car crash, which had led to her probation to be revoked and could land her back in jail if she is convicted.
The 26-year-old troubled actress' new lawyer, Mark Heller, had filed a doctor's note saying Lohan is too ill to travel from New York, where she has been vacationing, to California, according to CNN. However, Lohan flew back late on Tuesday with her mother.
Lohan arrived several minutes later to her pretrial. Her mother, Dina, joined her in court.
Judge Stephanie Sautner will preside over the pretrial. She has sentenced Lohan to jail before and in March 2012, ruled that Lohan had fulfilled all her probation requirements stemming from a 2007 DUI and cocaine possession case, which had stalled her acting career.
Sautner had put Lohan on informal probation until May 2014 for taking a necklace without permission from a jewelry store. She told her: You need to live your life in a more mature way, stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work" and ordered her continue to obey the law to ensure that her probation remains intact.
Lohan's probation was revoked on December 12, less than two weeks after the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office in Santa Monica, California charged her with three misdemeanors -- willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer in the course of their duties, giving false information to a peace officer and reckless driving.
Lohan pleaded not guilty to the charges on January 15. A different judge who had presided over the hearing ruled she must attend a pretrial on January 30 and a trial on February 27.
Authorities say Lohan lied to the cops who questioned her after a Porshe carrying her and a man crashed into a dump drunk on a California highway on June 8. They said evidence showed she was the driver of the car. They did not specify what she told the officers.
Over the past five years, Lohan has served several stints behind bars, which have lasted a total of less than two weeks, and has also been in and out of rehab to treat substance abuse.
Lohan's longtime Los Angeles-based lawyer, Shawn Holley parted ways with the actress last week. Heller filed paperwork that would allow him to represent the actress in the city, but the judge has yet to accent it, OTRC.com has learned. It is unclear which attorney will show up in court on January 30.
Lohan is also dealing with a separate legal problem -- in November, on the day charges were filed against her in the accident case, the actress was arrested in New York on suspicion of misdemeanor assault following a confrontation with a woman, a psychic, at a nightclub.
Earlier this month, Lohan did not appear at a New York court hearing for the case -- her attorney attended on her behalf, a move allowed for misdemeanors.
Heller, who is based in New York, told reporters that Lohan did not commit any crime and "never made any physical contact with the alleged victim," according to ABC News.
Heller appeared at a court about the matter on the actress' behalf and signed paperwork for her. He said Lohan will only attend a hearing in person when there is an accusatory document, which has not yet been filed. The Associated Press quoted a court spokesman as saying that a criminal complaint has not been drawn up and that the district attorney's office has said that the investigation is continuing.