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Friday 22 August 2014

Lindsay Lohan trial delayed

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan's trial has been delayed until March.

The troubled actress was in an L.A. court on Wednesday at a pretrial hearing involving misdemeanour charges of lying to authorities and reckless driving in a car crash last summer.

Lindsay was on probation at the time of the crash stemming from a 2011 necklace theft case - her probation has since been revoked.  

Judge Stephanie Sautner scheduled a court hearing for March 1, with a trial date set for March 18. Lindsay will have to be in Los Angeles for the trial.

The judge confirmed that Lindsay's probation violation will be addressed alongside the misdemeanour charges on March 18.

And due to different standards of evidence, Lindsay could still be acquitted of the misdemeanour charges but still be found in violation of her probation and be sentenced to jail time.  

Lindsay could go to jail for over eight months if the judge finds her to be in violation of her probation.

The actress is reported to have flown in from New York to Los Angeles last night, despite originally saying she would not make it due to an "upper respiratory infection."

"I'm glad to see you're feeling better," Judge Sautner told Lindsay in court after her lawyer Mark Heller tried to liken her condition to the flu.

"No it's not," the judge said. "The flu is the flu."

It is alleged Lindsay told police she was not driving her Porsche which crashed into a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway last summer, but they believe she was indeed behind the wheel.

Lindsay has pleaded not guilty to lying to police, reckless driving and obstructing officers from performing their duties.

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