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Lindsay Lohan Legal Troubles

Lindsay Lohan faces criminal charges in connection with a car crash in Santa Monica last summer.

The charges could land her back in jail, because she is on probation for a necklace theft conviction.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — You can add one more mug shot to troubled actress Lindsay Lohan’s growing collection.

lohan-mugLohan, 26, reported to the Santa Monica Police Department on Tuesday night.

She turned herself in as part of a plea deal she made on Monday in connection with a June 2012 car crash on Pacific Coast Highway.

Lohan was booked and then immediately released.

The starlet pleaded no contest to reckless driving and lying to police who were investigating the accident.

Lohan allegedly told police that she was not behind the wheel of her Porsche, but authorities later found evidence that she was, in fact, driving.

A third misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer was dropped.

Judge James Dabney sentenced Lohan to five days in jail, but that time will be served as part of a 90-day stint in a locked rehab facility.

The plea deal also includes 30 days of community labor, 18 months of psychological counseling, a fine and restitution.

Lohan was also found guilty of a probation violation stemming from a 2011 necklace theft conviction and sentenced to 180 days in jail.

That jail time was stayed as long as she complies with the conditions of her plea deal, which extends her probation for two years.

Another hearing has been set for May 2, when Lohan must give proof of enrollment in a treatment program.

DEL AIRE, Calif. (KTLA) — lindsay-court-march-2013“Don’t drive.”

That was the advice to Lindsay Lohan from a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge as he sentenced the actress Monday to 90 days in a locked rehabilitation facility for reckless driving and lying about driving a Porsche that crashed on Pacific Coast Highway.

Judge James Dabney said that was his advice — not a court directive.

Dabney’s suggestion may be based on Lohan’s driving record. Monday’s no-contest plea was the latest in a series of convictions and arrests for the actress that began with a DUI conviction related to 2007 drunk-driving incident.

She has also been sued by several motorists she has struck in the last six years.

Lohan avoided jail in a last-minute deal by pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges related to a June 2012 car crash.

In addition to spending 90 days in a rehabilitation facility, the “Mean Girls” star, 26, must also spend 18 months in psychotherapy and serve 30 days of community service as part of the agreement.

She pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving and providing false information to police. A charge of willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer was dismissed.

In pleading no contest, Lohan admitted she had violated her probation in a 2011 shoplifting case.

Dabney sentenced her to 180 days in jail, but that sentence was stayed. The judge said if Lohan met the terms of this deal, she wouldn’t serve additional time behind bars.

But the judge warned there wouldn’t be any discussion about probation if she violated the agreement, implying she would be sent to jail. A five-day jail sentence for reckless driving was included in the rehab sentence.

Lohan was also ordered to pay restitution to the driver of the truck that Santa Monica prosecutors said she hit June 18 while on her way to the set of “Liz & Dick.”

m-lohan-flips-outThe drama didn’t end inside the courtroom.

Lohan’s father, Michael, had a heated exchange with her attorney Monday outside a Los Angeles courthouse.

The actress’ attorney, Mark Heller, was telling reporters he was “thrilled” with the result when Michael Lohan approached.

“I don’t know what he is still doing here,” Michael Lohan yelled, repeatedly complaining that Heller nearly got his daughter jailed.

“He is her lawyer,” said attorney Anthony Falangetti, who aided Heller in striking the deal.

Michael Lohan then stepped toward Falangetti. “I am her father,” he said before using an expletive, prompting a courthouse deputy to step into the media scrum and direct Michael Lohan back. Lohan also told Heller to “go home” and had to be physically held back.

DEL AIRE, Calif. (KTLA) — Actress Lindsay Lohan made a last-minute plea deal just as her trial got underway Monday morning.

She was facing one misdemeanor count each of reckless driving, providing false information to an officer and willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer.

Under the terms of the agreement, Lohan can choose to spend 90 days in a locked rehab facility to avoid jail time.

Christina Pascucci reports.

DEL AIRE, Calif. (KTLA) –Actress Lindsay Lohan spent Monday morning in court after arriving 50 minutes late for the start of her trial on charges that she lied to police about a car crash..

Lohan missed a commercial flight from New York to Los Angeles Sunday night but managed to take an early morning flight on a private plane.

Eric Spillman reports.

DEL AIRE, Calif. — A judge refused Friday to delay Lindsay Lohan’s trial for allegedly lying to Santa Monica police about a car crash in Santa Monica last June.

Lohan, 26, was not required to attend the hearing. She will have to be present for the trial, which is scheduled to begin on March 18.

lohan-3The judge warned that if Lohan continues to use Mark Heller as her attorney, she will waive her right to “competent” counsel under California law.

“I am somewhat concerned whether you have sufficient guidance from local counsel,” Judge James Dabney told Heller, who is based in New York and not licensed in California.

The remark came after Heller filed a bill of particulars, which is a motion not used in California criminal procedure.

The judge lectured Heller about how that, as well as some other motions, were incorrect procedures for a California criminal court.

Lohan had been represented by Shawn Holley until last month.

Dabney rejected Heller’s motion to dismiss and informed the attorney he had not complied with California legal requirements.

Under state law, attorneys must file motions to dismiss during the arraignment, Dabney said. That period has already passed.

Heller said he could not file a motion to dismiss at the arraignment because he was not Lohan’s attorney at the time.

Heller said he was seeking to protect Lohan’s constitutional rights and was unable to determine from the charges whether his client made statements at the scene, at the hospital or to emergency responders.

Lohan allegedly told police that she was not behind the wheel of her Porsche when it rear-ended a truck on PCH as she headed to the set of “Liz & Dick.”

She faces one misdemeanor count each of reckless driving, providing false information to an officer and willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer.

Each of the charges carries a possible sentence of three months to a year in jail.

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office has also accused Lohan of violating her parole.

She was already on probation for stealing a necklace from a Venice jewelry store. She pleaded no contest to misdemeanor grand theft in May 2011.

Sources say Lohan’s attorney, Mark Heller, and Santa Monica city prosecutor Terry White have discussed a possible plea deal.

But the L.A. city attorney is taking a hard line, citing her history of violating court orders, and won’t accept any deal less than 90 days in a locked rehabilitation facility, the sources said.

In a letter to prosecutors, Heller has offered to have Lohan participate in intense therapy and regular drug screenings.

He also said she would give inspirational speeches to schools, hospitals and other groups while establishing a nonprofit foundation for youth.

For her part, Lohan reportedly says she considers herself innocent and says she’s not accepting any punishment for something that she did not do.

-KTLA/Los Angeles Times

DEL AIRE, Calif. (KTLA) — Actress Lindsay Lohan appeared in court on Wednesday morning for a pretrial hearing in her car crash case, amid some drama about her health and her representation.

The 26-year-old walked quickly past a throng of cameras with her mother Dina and her new attorney, Mark Heller, by her side.

Lohan is facing a probation violation as well as several misdemeanors for allegedly lying to police about a crash in Santa Monica last summer.

She had been on probation from a 2011 shoplifting case, but it was revoked last month after the new charges came down.

lohan-3The starlet caught the last flight out of JFK Airport in New York on Tuesday and arrived in Los Angeles around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Heller had notified the judge that his client would not be able to attend because she was too ill to fly.

“I know there was some drama concerning her attendance today,” Heller told Judge Stephanie Sautner on Wednesday.

“I’m glad to see you’re feeling better,” Sautner quipped.

Heller told the judge that a doctor had indicated that Lohan had “an upper-respiratory condition” and should not travel, both out of concern for her health and the health of others.

He initially suggested Lohan had the flu — calling it an “epidemic” in New York — but then conceded that it was a cold.

Judge Sautner told Heller that Lohan could choose to have him represent her in absentia for pretrial matters, but she must be in court for the trial.

Sautner said that she ordered Lohan to appear on Wednesday because of the issues with her representation.

Lohan fired her former longtime attorney, Shawn Holley, earlier this month. On Wednesday, she indicated that she was comfortable with the substitution of counsel.

However, because Heller, who is based in New York, is not licensed to practice law in California, he had to get a licensed California attorney to sponsor him on the case.

That attorney, Lindsay Berger Sacks, was also in court. She became an active member of the State Bar just last week after being inactive for 17 years, a fact that was noted by Sautner.

Sautner gave Heller permission to represent Lohan, prompting Heller to remark that they had a New York connection, since Sautner was an NYC detective.

“Flattery doesn’t get you anywhere in this court,” Sautner fired back.

After some back-and-forth on scheduling, Sautner set the next hearing date for March 1, with the trial to begin on March 18.

Heller indicated that he may need to file some motions after he reviews the discovery handed over by Holley.

But Sautner, remarking that the case is not that complicated, told him he’d need to show cause to delay the proceedings any longer.

The judge also noted that Lohan’s probation remains revoked. She said the probation violation matter will be heard alongside the car crash case.

Sautner also reminded Lohan that she could be acquitted in the car crash case but still found guilty of a probation violation since the standard of proof is lower.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Attorney Shawn Holley has apparently decided to part ways from trouble actress Lindsay Lohan — for good.

Lohan reportedly fired Holley and then belohan-holleygged her to come back on board in her most recent case that involves allegedly lying to police about a car crash.

Holley appeared on Lohan’s behalf at a hearing last week, entering a not guilty plea.

She told the judge she was representing the 26-year-old “at this point” and promised the judge, “The representation issue will be nailed down.”

Sources tell TMZ that Holley is now in the process of getting the necessary signatures to officially withdraw before Lohan’s next hearing on Jan. 30.

Lohan is accused of lying to police in connection with a car crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica last summer.

The starlet allegedly told police that she was not behind the wheel of her Porsche when it slammed into the back of a truck.

The Santa Monica district attorney’s office slapped her with misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing police from performing their duties.

She had been on probation from a 2011 shoplifting case, but it was revoked last month after the new charges came down.

DEL AIRE, Calif. (KTLA) — Attorney Shawn Holley appeared on behalf of Lindsay Lohan at an arraignment Tuesday, despite being fired by the actress on Monday.

Holley entered a not guilty plea for the actress, 26, who did not attend the hearing.

Lohan is accused of lying to police in connection with a car crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica last summer.

She had been on probation from a 2011 shoplifting case, but it was revoked last month after the new charges came down.

The starlet allegedly told police that she was not behind the wheel of her Porsche when it slammed into the back of a truck.

The Santa Monica district attorney’s office slapped her with misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing police from performing their duties.

On Tuesday, Holley told the judge that she was continuing to represent Lohan “at this point.”

“The representation issue will be nailed down,” Holley promised the judge.

A pretrial hearing, which Lohan must attend, was set for January 30. A hearing date will also be set then on the probation violation.

The judge set a trial date of February 27 in the car crash case.

There had been some question as to who would represent Lohan in court on Tuesday.

On Monday, TMZ revealed that Lohan’s New York lawyer Mark Heller — who is not licensed in California — fired off a letter of termination to Holley.

Holley had reportedly been in the process of working out a plea deal for Lohan that involved agreeing to attend rehab.

If no one had appeared on Lohan’s behalf, a bench warrant could have been issued for her arrest.

The case is just one in a long list of legal trouble for the actress, who has been in and out of court 20 times and to rehab facilities five times since 2007.

In November, she was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly punching a woman at a Manhattan nightclub. Heller is representing her in that case.

Earlier this month, prosecutors in New York said they weren’t ready to bring charges against Lohan in connection with the incident, which is still under investigation.

LOS ANGELES — In a decision being described as strange and even inexplicable, Lindsay Lohan has fired her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley.

This is the same Holley who’s been criticized for being *too* effective, keeping Lohan out of jail multiple times when non-celebs would have been doing time.

Holley was representing  Lohan in her multiple criminal cases.

TMZ says she was literally on her way to another Lohan-related court appearance when she got a letter from New York lawyer Mark Heller — saying he is now Lohan’s new attorney on both coasts.

Holley says Lohan owes her $300,000.

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