Lindsay Lohan trial UPDATE: Actress arrives late to face car crash charges
Appearing fatigued following a last-ditch effort to make it on time, Lindsay Lohan arrived about 50 minutes late to a Los Angeles court on Monday, March 18, for a trial over her car crash case and faces a potential jail sentence if she is convicted of the charges, which includes lying to police officers.
WATCH a LIVE STREAM from court. Proceedings were supposed to begin at 8:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. ET.
UPDATE at 11:28 a.m. PT: The 26-year-old actress and her entourage, traveling in a total of four cars, arrived in court around 9:20 a.m. PT. An unidentified person threw gold glitter at Lohan as she entered the courtroom in a sheer, pale pink and white outfit and sunglasses (see PHOTOS). Inside the court, she appeared tired, with bloodshot eyes and barely any makeup, OTRC.com has learned.
Her attorney, Mark Heller, met privately with prosecutors and a judge for more than two hours, going back twice to speak with Lohan without them. It is possible that a plea deal could be reached.
Lohan's estranged father, Michael Lohan, had arrived at the courthouse with several lawyers at the scheduled time and sat in the front row. OTRC.com has learned that after spotting him, the actress told one of her friends: "Why can he just leave? He's crazy."
Lindsay Lohan lied to police?
Lohan has appeared in court more than 18 times during more than five years worth of legal turmoil, which has included five jail stints that have lasted a total of less than two weeks. She has also been treated for substance abuse.
The "Mean Girls" star 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.
Lohan faces up to one year behind bars if convicted in all counts in the car crash case and a maximum of 245 days if she is found to have violated her probation. Breaking the law constitutes a violation.
Earlier this month, a judge criticized her New York-based lawyer, Mark Heller, over his lack of experience dealing with California criminal law, saying that he filed motions incorrectly and prematurely. The attorney had said at the time that police did not follow proper legal procedures when they arrested Lohan in June 2012. The judge told him this matter should only be addressed at a trial.
Heller had at the time also tried to get Lohan's trial postponed to a later date, saying that "there seems to be some doubt as to whether Miss Lohan is entitled to mercy and compassion because of her history with this office."
In late February, the attorney 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 added that 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.)