Lindsay Lohan Avoids Jail Time But Will Be Back In Court In March

A smart but tired Lindsay was at her probation heraring this morning in LA

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Lindsay Lohan's anticipated court hearing took place in LA this morning with the actress present to hear Judge Stephanie Sautner schedule further court dates to sort out the actress' string of legal woes.

The actress arrived at the LA courthouse just a few minutes after 8:30am this morning. Her appearance followed initial reports that the troubled star was too ill to fly to the hearing.

Dressed in a smart black dress and with her hair tied back, Lindsay was ushered through the crowds of paps by her mother Dina and lawyer Michael Heller before the hearing started at 9am. As she took her seat Lindsay looked tired, no doubt a result of her mad dash across the country to make the date and her hotel troubles the night before.

Lindsay Lohan arrives at court in LA this morning (AKM-GSI/Splash News)

The veteran judge, who has sentenced Lohan to jail in the past, clearly wasn't in the mood for any nonsense in the court, at one point even telling Lindsay she was "happy she was feeling better."

Sautner scheduled for the case to be brought back into court on March 1, and again on March 18 if it goes to trial. Lohan is not required to attend the pre-trail hearing on March 1, but the judge clarified she must be present on March 18. The actress answered the judge politely saying she understood all the proceedings.

During the hearing, Lindsay closed her eyes at one point and touched her face, looking as if she was not feeling well. Her new attorney Mark Heller (Lohan sacked previous lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley) addressed reports that Lohan was initially too sick to attend the hearing, but said she changed her mind at the last moment to "show respect to the court."

Lindsay, with her lawyer Mark Heller looked tired during her hearing (Rob Latour for LE/ Splash News)

At one point Lindsay's lawyer Heller attempted to make small talk with the judge about her New York roots but she soon cut him off, saying "Flattery doesn't get you anywhere in this court." 

Perhaps luckily for Lohan (and Heller), Sautner said she will be retiring just ahead of LiLo's next hearing.

Prosecutors in Santa Monica, Calif., have charged Lohan with lying to police about driving a sports car that crashed into a ruck in June last year, reckless driving and obstructing officers from performing their duties. In March, Judge Sautner released Lohan from supervised probation but warned her to stop partying and get her life together. Sautner had warned the actress she could be sentenced to 245 days in jail if she didn't behave

The actress has since filmed two movies and enjoyed a long stint in London but has repeatedly gotten herself into trouble, including two arrests in New York that have not resulted in charges.

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