A judge refused Friday to delay Lindsay Lohan's trial on charges she lied to Santa Monica police when she said she was not driving her Porsche when it rear-ended a truck on Pacific Coast Highway.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Dabney also warned that if Lohan continues to use Mark Heller as her attorney before the March 18 trial, she will waive her right to "competent" counsel under California law.
"I am somewhat concerned whether you have sufficient guidance from local counsel," the judge told Lohan's New York attorney after he filed a bill of particulars--a motion not used in California criminal procedure.
The judge bluntly lectured Heller for 10 minutes on how that, as well as some other motions, were incorrect procedures for a California criminal court.Until last month, Lohan was represented by Shawn Holley, among the region's top lawyers. Heller took the legal helm recently after representing Lohan in New York.
Dabney rejected Heller's motion to dismiss and informed the attorney he had not complied with California legal requirements. Under state law, attorneys must file motions to dismiss during the arraignment, Dabney said. That period has already passed.