The attorney representing Dina Lohan on a drunken driving charge said Wednesday that a court-ordered evaluation found his client does not suffer from dependency and her legal troubles were affected by “ongoing daily stresses” related to “media attention and distorted tabloid” reports.
“The circumstances leading to Dina’s arrest were largely impacted by ongoing daily stresses caused by you folks, the paparazzi, media attention and distorted tabloid character profiles,” said Mark Heller, who read from what he said was the evaluation outside of First District Court in Hempstead after a brief court appearance.
Lohan, 51, pleaded not guilty last month to drunken driving. She was ordered then to surrender her driver's license and was released without bail.
Lohan, the mother of actress Lindsay Lohan, was arrested Sept. 12 on the Northern State Parkway. Police said she had a blood-alcohol level of .20 percent.
Lohan was also charged with speeding when she was stopped for driving a white BMW at 77 mph in a 55-mph zone on the westbound parkway near Route 135 in Oyster Bay Town, court papers said.
During the brief scheduling hearing Wednesday, Judge Andrew M. Engel set a Nov. 21 date for Lohan to return to court.