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Jan. 30 2013, Published 6:58 a.m. ET

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In a desperate, last minute change of plans to prevent going back to jail , Lindsay Lohan arrived in Los Angeles early Wednesday morning to attend a court-ordered pre-trial hearing – set to begin in just a matter of hours - after earlier claiming she was too sick to appear in front of the judge, RadarOnline.com is reporting.

LiLo – who claimed she had an upper respiratory infection that prevented her from flying - took the last plane out of JFK Airport in New York, flying first class on American Airlines and landed at LAX around 12:30 a.m. PST. Her mother Dina traveled with her.

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As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the Liz & Dick star, 26, was taking a huge legal gamble by claiming she was too sick to appear for her hearing, which is scheduled to begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. PST Wednesday.

The reason for her sudden change of plans? She’s been spotted partying in the Big Apple, while claiming she wasn’t feeling well – a fact that the judge would be made aware of.

“For someone claiming to be sick, Lindsay’s partying hasn’t slowed down in the least. Lindsay has been partying and boozing non-stop in New York City,” a source previously told RadarOnline.com exclusively.

“Lindsay has been hanging out with her usual cast of shady friends, and they have been wreaking havoc at swanky hotels in Manhattan. Lindsay doesn’t appear to be sick, and photos reveal that she doesn’t look like someone too gravely ill to travel.”

The Mean Girls star was ordered to appear in a Los Angeles courthouse hearing for charges that she lied to cops in connection with the car accident she was involved with last summer in Santa Monica.

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Furthermore, if Lindsay doesn’t appear in court Wednesday morning, prosecutors will “immediately ask Judge Stephanie Sautner to issue a warrant for Lohan’s arrest.

“This isn’t the first time Lindsay has pulled a stunt like this. She claimed her passport was stolen in Cannes, France and failed to appear for an appearance for her DUI case,” a law enforcement insider revealed.

“This isn’t Lindsay’s first trip to the rodeo, and she is just making a total mockery of the legal system.”

Complicating matters is Lindsay’s long suffering criminal defense attorney, Shawn Holley, has formally filed legal documents requesting that she be permitted to withdraw her representation of the troubled starlet.

Judge Saunter must sign off on it, and it appears that LiLo’s new lawyer, Mark Heller, who is based in New York City, is having trouble obtaining a license to practice in California.

Heller has a checkered past and was suspended from practicing law for several years after being found guilty of professional misconduct.

If Judge Sautner determines that Lindsay violated terms of her probation from her necklace theft case for getting arrested last summer, she could face up to 245 days in jail.

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