Lindsay Lohan's lawyer pleads with the prosecution to go easy on her.
Lindsay Lohan's new attorney has issued a desperate letter to the prosecution of her current reckless driving case, highlighting her "extensive" psychological issues due to her troubled family life.
The actress has been indicted for reckless driving, obstructing or resisting a police officer in the performance of his duty and giving false information to authorities following a car crash on June 8 of last year.
She is accused of lying to police after telling them her assistant was behind the wheel at the time, which he has denied. The star's probation for an earlier jewellery theft case has been revoked and her trial will start on March 18, with Lindsay facing 245 days in jail.
Mark Heller, who has been representing the troubled actress in recent months, asked the prosecution to help "formulate a solution" in order to best help The Parent Trap star, rather than simply sending her to jail.
"I have known Lindsay for many years and have witnessed the dynamics of her family and her experiences that are not known to general public, and which have deeply impacted her and resulted in certain events in her life that has bought her before the Court and derivatively to your attention and professional assessment," Heller wrote in the letter.
"Yet, as I noted at our meeting these prior events and their portrayal in the media, regrettably always results in distortion, creating a very negative public persona without consideration of what happened in Lindsay's life that bought her to that place and without considering the pain, torment and confusion which Lindsay has experienced and been affected with."
Both Heller and Lindsay's psychotherapist plan to reveal the details of her personal life, as they claim the prosecution are unaware how "broken" the entire situation has become.
"The only way we as a 'team' are going to formulate a solution is for Lindsay, her Psychotherapist and I provide a true window revealing the real problems we must solve."
"Lindsay will participating in intensive psychotherapy, submitting herself to regular screenings and contributing her time to the production of Public Service messages and periodic visits to school,s hospitals and other venues where she may provide inspirational talks, encouraging children to pursue positive goals and avoid bad habits," he wrote.
And despite her many court appearances over the years, she is still "fearful and apprehensive" of the courtroom, with her lawyer adding that she would "prefer to go to the dentist to have her teeth drilled."
He also plans to set up the Lindsay Lohan Foundation, a non-profit to help young people at risk, in a bid to revamp her tarnished image.
Meanwhile, sources have told TMZ that the star will be offered to register for 60 days in a rehab facility as an alternative to jail time. She will also be ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and complete community service.
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