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01/30/2013 02:38 pm ET Updated Jan 30, 2013

Lindsay Lohan Treating Court Date Like 'Gym Class,' Says Source

A defiant Lindsay Lohan and her mother, Dina Lohan, took the last flight out of JFK to Los Angeles Tuesday night to attend Lindsay's court date Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

The actress is facing misdemeanor charges stemming from a 2012 car accident. She has pleaded not guilty.

The Lohans made the decision to attend Wednesday's pre-trial court date at the last minute, because neither believes Lindsay has done anything wrong.

“They have no idea how important today is. At first Lindsay thought the court would wait for her and she could produce a sick note and get off. She is treating this like a gym class at school that she doesn't want to do,” one family friend tells The Huffington Post. “Not helping matters is her new New York lawyer, Mark Heller, who loves to be around stars and do what they want him to do.”

Lindsay fired her onetime lawyer Shawn Holley last week in favor of Heller, who is not licensed to practice in California. Now there are reports that Lindsay is begging Holley to return.

“Who would fire the one person that has kept her out of prison for a long period?” asks one friend. “It makes no sense. Instead of surrounding herself by people who agree with her that this is some sort of witch-hunt, she needs people around her telling her the truth.”

In an email to The Huffington Post, Dina Lohan said "thank you" to those sending well wishes.

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