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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawyers in a misdemeanor case against Lindsay Lohan met Monday with a judge to determine whether the actress goes to jail or averts a trial on charges that she lied to police.
A hearing had been set to begin at 8:30 a.m., and Lohan arrived after 9 a.m. Her lawyers and a prosecutor met with the judge in chambers for more than an hour, and the conference was continuing.
Lohan entered the courtroom looking slightly frazzled in a cream-colored ensemble. She was seated next to a bailiff.
It appears the actress is headed to trial over a June car crash that briefly sent her to the hospital and returned her to court for proceedings she could have avoided if she stayed out of trouble.
Lohan has pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges filed after the accident _ reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing officers from performing their duties.
Even if she isn’t convicted, the “Liz & Dick” star could face up to 245 days in jail if a judge determines she violated her probation in a 2011 theft case.
A judge previously refused to delay a possible trial on the latest misdemeanors that would place Lohan in front of a jury for the first time.
Lohan reportedly missed her original Sunday night flight from New York to Los Angeles, instead traveling on a private plane provided by a Los Angeles-based energy drink company for which she has made promotional appearances.
“Thanks Mr. Pink for the private jet see you all in a few hours in LA,” she tweeted early Monday.
Since a pair of arrests for driving under the influence in 2007, Lohan has resolved her numerous court problems without ever going to trial. Instead she has faced numerous judges who have sentenced her to jail, rehab and counseling, which even her current attorney acknowledges have not completely helped the troubled actress.
Lohan entered Monday’s hearing with a lawyer whose competence has been questioned by a judge, and another set of attorneys waiting in the wings to take over.
She did not, however, have her longtime advocate, Shawn Holley, present. Holley left the case this year after keeping the actress out of jail for significant periods of time on probation violations and allegations in 2011 that she took a $2,500 necklace without permission from an upscale jeweler.
In her current case, Lohan and Heller, her New York-based attorney, have apparently been unable to broker a plea deal so far. Heller has said his client does not need rehab and should be allowed to continue to undergo psychotherapy to address issues raised by her turbulent upbringing.
The former Disney star has been under some form of probation since she was arrested twice in 2007 for driving under the influence, and her court troubles have stifled a once-promising career.
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