Lindsay Lohan must have been out of her mind for firing her long standing criminal defense attorney, Shawn Holley, on January 14th, just 1 day prior to her next court appearance! Known for unruly behavior and compulsive decision making, Lohan, hired a New York defense lawyer, Mark Heller, who is also defending her on the Manhattan night club assault case (see my earlier blog Assault by Lindsay Lohan) to replace attorney Shawn Holley. Soon after the “Liz and Dic” actress signed Shawn Holley’s termination papers, she knew she made a mistake, freaked out and wanted Holley back on her case!
Lucky for Lindsay, super hero attorney Holley came to her rescue one last time to plead not guilty for her to three misdemeanor counts she racked up when she drove her Porche into a dump truck on the Santa Monica Highway. According to NYDailyNews.com, Lohan’s misdemeanor charges include, willfully obstructing the accident probe, reckless driving, and lying to police officers. Rumors have surfaced Holley showed up to court in spite of knowing she was kicked to the curb, to collect on her outstanding legal fees of $300,000, of which Lohan hadn’t paid for six months.
After finding a California attorney to sponsor him, lawyer Mark Heller, is now serving as Lindsay’s legal representation. Their next court date has been scheduled for January 30th for a pretrial hearing.
If found guilty of the misdemeanor charges and probation violation, Lindsay could be facing some serious time in jail, which equates to only a week or two for an A-List celebrity. I’ll keep you posted on more Lohan legal drama, it never ends!
Earlier this week, Justin Beiber sent tweets to his almost 29 million twitter followers that he was a victim of theft at his concert held in Tacoma, Washington. A laptop computer and a camera were listed as stolen by Justin. A police report was never filed and therefore no police investigation ever occured. Fans and social media became suspicious of Justin and his actions concerning this criminal act. Was this a PR stunt by Justin? Yes! As it turns out an unknown source under the twitter account @gexwy, tweeted on Thursday they had possession of J.B.’s items and released a personal home video, according to IBTimes. Amongst many tweets that occurred between Justin and @gexwy, was the tweet by @gexwy that they would show more personal Beiber footage on Friday at noon. Justin’s millions of followers flocked in anticipation, what could it be? Not too suprisingly it was J.B.’s new music video “Beauty and the Beat.”
Along with the music video Justin provided a string of tweets giving motive for the childish hoax “since i was 14 i have had a lot of things said about me, from dying, to taking hormones, to dying again, to stuff about my family… to saying i had a baby with a woman i never even met. nude pics, drugs, my family, my character…but today…today i get to be in on it…”
No harm, no foul, no crime committed, just a few lies.
Just got arrested the night before and now looking for an attorney on the internet. I google “Criminal defense attorney Seattle” or “DUI attorney Seattle” and a long list of lawyer websites are presented in front of me.
So how does someone choose a criminal defense attorney? In my opinion, with all the convenience the internet has done for us consumers it has also created a very difficult task when searching for a good criminal defense attorney. It’s one thing to find a good Seattle restaurant to eat at for the night but a completely different task when searching for someone to help you out when dealing with, probably, one of the worst life circumstances one could face. The internet has created for attorneys a “perception of competency” based on how well their respective websites look or, more importantly, the order in which they are listed on the first page of a google search.
Not all criminal defense attorneys are created equal. Remember who you hire as your criminal defense attorney will act as your representative. This attorney will be handling your case that determines your reputation and liberty interests. This case may have very little impact on your future if handled well or, in the alternative, may cause long lasting negative consequences. I would recommend after reviewing the attorney’s website go check out other sites to review client and peer reviews on sites such as www.avvo.com or www.superlawyers.com. And most importantly, go visit with the attorney in person and ask them what type of experience they have in representing those accused of a particular offense such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI/ Drunk Driving).
Published by Washington State defense attorney David O