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Lindsay Lohan Appears In Court Before Judge Sautner; Avoids Jail…For Now

January 30, 2013 11:52 AM by Donna W. Martin

Punk’d star; Lindsay Lohan jetted out of JFK airport Tuesday night and appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court, Airport Division on Wednesday morning before Judge, Stephanie Sautner. This was a mandatory appearance for Lohan where she was to face three misdemeanor charges stemming from a car crash last June. Keep reading to see what happened.

According to E! News, Lohan and her mother, Dina arrived slightly later than planned for court but Lindsay looked calm and relaxed. She wore a conservative black dress and had her hair pulled back in a ponytail at the base of her neck.

As the proceedings began, Lohan’s attorney, Mark Keller said, “I was wondering if the court would entertain an application going forward so in the event that it is [Lindsay’s] choice not to be present that I can proceed without her. I know there was some drama concerning her attendance today,” he said referring to Lohan’s respiratory issues. At which point, the Judge couldn’t help but quip, “I’m glad to see you’re feeling better.”

Lohan told the judge she would not be represented by longtime attorney, Shawn Holley but instead had chosen to go with New York attorney, Mark Heller. Judge Sautner gave Heller permission to represent Lohan but said he would have to file substitution of attorney forms with the court.

The judge cautioned Lohan that despite the fact she may be found not guilty in the case of lying to police officers, her probation could still be violated citing the standard of proof is lower.

The judge continued the case and set two subsequent hearings, Mar. 1 and Mar. 18. The hearing on Mar. 1 is a procedural hearing to ensure all evidence in the case has been offered. Lohan does not have to be present on Mar. 1. However, the hearing set for Mar. 18 is a probation violation trial and the judge said she must appear in person at that time.

Judge Sautner could have remanded Lohan into custody and made her post bail but that didn’t happen. She was free to walk (as usual).

“Lohan’s probation remained revoked. The case will remain in Sautner’s courtroom, but because Sautner is retiring March 1, another judge will take over.”

What did you think of Lohan’s latest court appearance? In March, do you think a judge will find that she violated her probation and sentence her to some jail time? Or is Lohan going to walk with just another slap on the wrist? Post a comment and let us know.

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