Lindsay Lohan wasn't in court today, but her lawyer Mark Heller was. According to ABC News on March 1, Heller probably wishes he wasn't there either. The judge in the California case shot down Heller's request for dismissal or delay and took the lawyer to task for his lack of knowledge with state law.
Mark Heller is a New York attorney. The case is in California. Law is different state to state. Heller filed for dismissal claiming that Lindsay Lohan was not read her Miranda rights before talking to police about the accident. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Dabney then informed Heller that California law doesn't require the reading of Miranda rights in these types of cases.
The judge then went on to pick apart Heller’s apparent ignorance of California law, pointing to several mistakes in the filings.
Heller’s ignorance of California became even more apparent when the judge told him that the trial couldn't be delayed until April 1 as it’s a holiday. Heller quipped that he wasn't aware April Fool’s Day was a holiday, to which Judge Dabney informed him that in California April 1 is Cesar Chavez Day in honor of the civil rights activist. The trial will be held on March 18, as originally scheduled.
And then to make matters just a little bit worse, Judge Dabney ordered that Heller must retain an attorney competent in California law to be with him at trial or Lindsay Lohan will have to waive her right to an attorney.
This was definitely not a good day for Mark Heller.
Lindsay Lohan faces misdemeanor charges in connection with a car accident on the Pacific Coast Highway last June. She has been charged with lying to police, driving recklessly and obstructing a offer from doing his duties.