Lindsay Lohan did not show up in a New York court Monday for the latest round of her assault case.
The actress was not required to appear, as the New York County’s District Attorney’s Office has yet to file criminal charges or an accusatory document in connection to her altercation at a NYC nightclub in November. Lohan’s lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, was on hand at the courthouse, where he said Lohan may not have to a face a judge in the case after all.
“It has been determined that the criminal prosecution of Lindsay Lohan is not ready to proceed at this time,” he told reporters after signing paperwork on Lohan’s behalf in a private room. “It may very well be that this case does not move forward. In fact, I predicted when I had Lindsay released from the precinct that she would be totally exonerated. It’s my opinion that this case will ultimately will be declined from prosecution, but it will be several weeks before the district attorney makes that decision.”And Heller isn’t the only person who is holding out hope for Lohan. “Ironically, a psychic fortuneteller has predicted that the year 2013 will be an extremely lucky year for Lindsay Lohan,” he added. “With her spectacular talent and great looks, I believe that all she really needs is a little bit of luck.”
Though no criminal complaint has been drawn up, the district attorney’s investigation is still ongoing.
“My office has met and communicated extensively with the New York County’s District Attorney’s Office, and we have brought some very credible evidence and testimony to their attention,” Heller explained. “We have come forward with a witness who was able to share her personal assessment and witnessing of the event that caused the arrest.”
Lohan was charged on Nov. 29 with third-degree misdemeanor assault after allegedly punching Florida fortune-teller Tiffany Ava Mitchell at Avenue, a nightclub in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. Mitchell — who did not seek medical attention — has hired Hollywood-savvy lawyer Gloria Allred to represent her in the court case.
That same day, Lohan was charged with in connection to a June car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway. She faces three separate misdemeanors: giving false information to a police officer, obstructing or resisting a police officer in the performance of his duty, and reckless driving. Those criminal charges led judge Jane Godfrey to revoke the Liz & Dick star’s probation on Dec. 12.Now the judge has set a hearing date for Jan. 15, when it will be decided if the embattled actress’ actions amount to a probation violation that warrants jail time. Lohan — who was on probation after pleading no contest in 2011 to charges of stealing a $2,500 necklace from an L.A.-area jeweler — faces up to 245 days behind bars, if the judge seeks maximum punishment.
Lohan’s bi-coastal legal woes are just the latest in her long-running rap sheet. Since 2005, she has been cited for car crashes, arrested for DUIs, sentences to rehabilitation stints, placed on probation, and thrown in the slammer seemingly countless times.
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