Embattled actress Lindsay Lohan has officially re-hired her former lawyer Shawn Holley after the legal eagle stepped up to help the actress avoid another jail stint following her rehab debacle last week (ends03May13). The Mean Girls star faced a race against time to check into a court-ordered treatment programme by her deadline on Thursday (02May13) after ditching an approved New York clinic for the Morningside Recovery centre in Newport Beach - only to walk out of the Orange County facility less than an hour after arriving.
She subsequently checked into the Betty Ford Clinic after Lohan's mum called on Holley to step in and help her daughter avoid another arrest. The lawyer manager to find the star a place at the Rancho Mirage, California rehab facility - prompting prosecutors to drop their threat to obtain a warrant for Lohan's arrest.
Holley resumed her duties as Lohan's lawyer on Monday morning (06May13) and attended a hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, where Judge James R. Dabney officially removed the actress' other legal representative, Mark Heller, from the case.
Judge Dabney even praised Holley for helping to keep the actress out of trouble, saying, "You snatched her from the precipice."
Prosecutors expressed concern over the 30-day treatment programmes provided by Betty Ford bosses, but Holley insisted there were three-month sessions available, and the judge gave his approval to the facility, reports TMZ.com.
Holley originally quit as Lohan's lawyer in January (13) after her client asked New York-based attorney Heller to take over her case, just a day before her plea hearing to fight probation violation charges.
It subsequently emerged that Heller was not licensed to practice law in Los Angeles and he had to be sponsored by a local law firm to take up the job.
A source close to Lohan and her ongoing legal woes tells WENN, "Shawn Holley is a rock star. Very few people could have pulled off what she did to get Lindsay into the Betty Ford Clinic."
Lindsay Lohan has checked into a California rehabilitation facility to begin a court-ordered 90-day treatment programme. The Mean Girls star was expected to enroll in the luxury Seafield Center in New York's Hamptons, which had been approved by the court, after pleading no contest to charges relating to a car crash in California last summer (12). However, she left the Big Apple on a flight bound for Los Angeles late on Wednesday night (01May13) and instead made her way to the Morningside Recovery clinic in Newport Beach, California.
The last-minute change prompted her lawyer, Mark Heller, to head to a Los Angeles court early on Thursday in a bid to get the new treatment facility approved by the star's judge - even though Lohan had already checked in. Prosecutor Terry White objected to the late alteration, arguing that he had only learned about Lohan's decision to switch programmes from the media and had not been given enough time to investigate the treatment centre. White also expressed concerns about the quality of care provided by Morningside bosses, pointing out that executives had had their medical licence suspended in 2012 over an issue with the management of prescription drugs. However, Judge James R. Dabney insisted the facility appeared to be acceptable, and ordered prosecutors to report back to him to give their official judgement by 10 May (13), reports TMZ.com.
Lohan had reportedly bailed on the Seafield Center as the facility bans patients from smoking. Meanwhile, the troubled actress' father, Michael Lohan, insists his daughter had "no idea" that Morningside hadn't been approved as her rehab site when she checked in. He tells CNN.com, "It's not her fault. This poor kid was a mess before she left." The actress avoided jail in a last-minute deal by pleading no contest to misdemeanour reckless driving and providing false information to police. She was ordered to spend 90 days in rehab and she must also attend 18 months of psychotherapy sessions and serve 30 days of community service. In pleading no contest, Lohan admitted she had violated her probation in a 2011 shoplifting case.