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OTRC: Lindsay Lohan 'has experienced an epiphany,' lawyer says

Actress Lindsay Lohan appears in court with her new attorney, Mark Heller, by her side on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

Lindsay Lohan has "experienced an epiphany" and has decided to become a "proud, productive and positive contributor in her life, to her family, society and to the industry," according to her lawyer.

In an interview with OTRC.com's parent company, KABC Television on Wednesday, February 27, Attorney Mark Heller adds that he plans to try and reach a deal regarding a car crash case on Friday, when a hearing about the matter is set to take place in Los Angeles. A conviction could land the troubled 26-year-old actress back in jail.

Lohan is facing charges of lying to cops, reckless driving and "willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer in the course of their duties," stemming from a June 2012 car accident in Los Angeles. While she has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges, they did spur a judge to revoke her probation from a 2011 missing necklace case.

"Lindsay has experienced an epiphany," Heller said. "She has looked very closely at the present circumstance and has decided time has come to take a path that will enable her to be a proud, productive and positive contributor in her life, to her family, society and to the industry."

The "Mean Girls" actress' acting career has stalled due to her legal issues. A rare performance as Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime Television's 2012 "Liz & Dick" TV film was mostly criticized.

A conviction could send Lohan back to jail for several months. Over the past five years, she has served several stints behind bars, which have lasted a total of less than two weeks, and has also been to rehab to treat substance abuse.

Heller also told the Associated Press recently that Lohan is undergoing intense psychotherapy sessions and that she wants to record public service announcements about the dangers of domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drunken driving. He added that her plans have nothing to do with the criminal case.

Heller said he plans to meet with prosecutors on Friday, before the next court date, to try to work out a deal about the car crash case. On January 30, Lohan appeared at a pretrial hearing in Los Angeles (watch video, above) and a judge ordered that another hearing take place on March 1 and for a trial to begin on March 18.

Lindsay Lohan's other legal issues

Heller also told KABC Television that he believes Lohan will attend the upcoming hearing in person, even though can have an attorney represent her. She does, however, have to be present at her trial.

Many media outlets had reported that Lohan was likely to miss her pretrial hearing because she was photographed in New York the day before and had had Heller submit a letter from a doctor saying that she was too ill to travel. Her lawyer told the judge that the physician had diagnosed the actress with an upper respiratory infection, adding: "She did indicate she felt better. She wanted to show respect to the court."

Lohan's lawyer had appeared on her behalf at a New York hearing for a separate legal case -- the actress is facing misdemeanor charges over an alleged altercation with a woman, a psychic, at a nightclub. Heller says Lohan never made physical contact with her.

Lohan is also facing a lawsuit from a Los Angeles paparazzo, who claims he injured in a 2010 car crash involving her. He said she was in the passenger's seat as the driver of the vehicle ran him over as he tried to snap photos of her.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered Lohan, who owns the car, to pay the man $1,000 for failing to attend depositions about the case. The actress' insurance lawyer, Julia Azrael, said in August in her own court filing that the paparazzo "carelessly put himself near a moving automobile in order to photograph" Lohan.

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