Judge Sets Trial Date For Lindsay Lohan During Preliminary Hearing
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A trial date has been set for actress Lindsay Lohan, who is facing three misdemeanor charges stemming from a 2012 crash on Pacific Coast Highway.
During Wednesday morning’s pre-trial hearing at the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse, Judge Stephanie Sautner ordered Lohan to appear back in court March 18.
Sautner, who previously sentenced Lohan to jail time, house arrest and community service at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, will not preside over the trial.
However, she noted that Lohan’s probation case will also be heard during the trial.
On Jan. 15, Lohan’s former attorney, Shawn Holley, entered a not guilty plea for the actress, who was charged on Nov. 29 for lying to police, reckless driving and resisting an officer while on her way to the set of her Lifetime movie, “Liz and Dick”.
Lohan allegedly lied to officers on June 8, 2012, saying that she was not behind the wheel of her Porsche and that her assistant was driving when the vehicle slammed into the back of a dump truck on PCH.
The 26-year-old actress was already on probation at the time of the crash for taking a diamond necklace from a Venice jewelry store.
Lohan and Holley parted ways earlier this month and the actress has now hired New York-based attorney Mark Heller, who was in court with her Wednesday.
Heller filed emergency paperwork earlier this week stating that his client was too ill to fly, according to TMZ.com. Pictures later surfaced of Lohan shopping and smoking around Manhattan.
Overnight, paparazzi snapped photos of the troubled actress heading to a New York airport, TMZ reported.
Lohan faces a maximum of three years from the misdemeanor charges as well as additional jail time if her probation from the theft case is revoked.