More Legal Woes for Lohan; Actress Charged with Lying to Police in California

Things just went from bad to worse for Lindsay Lohan: Just hours after being released from police custody following her for third degree misdemeanor assault, the troubled actress is now facing criminal charges in California.

The Freaky Friday starlet was arrested at approximately 4 a.m. Thursday morning after witnesses say she punched a woman during an altercation at New York City hotspot Avenue. She was released a few hours later, only to learn that cops in Santa Monica have charged her with lying to law enforcement following that June crash in which her Porsche collided with a trash truck.

The filing comes nearly six months after the actress crashed while on her way to the set of her universally planned TV movie Liz and Dick. Lohan was briefly hospitalized, but returned to the set a short time later.

Lohan told responding officers that her assistant had been driving at the time of June 8 collision. Cops now say she was fibbing.

“During the subsequent investigation, information was developed that Lohan was the driver of the Porsche when the accident occurred,” Santa Monica Police officials said in a statement Thursday.

Both criminal cases could result in jail time for Lohan, who remains on informal probation for stealing necklace from a Venice jewelry shop in January 2011. People magazine writes:

“When she appeared before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner back in March to end her formal probation relating to two DUI arrests and a necklace theft case, she was warned that if she violates any laws before her informal probation expires in May 2014, she could get 245 days in jail…Santa Monica criminal defense attorney Steve Cron, who is familiar with the players in the case, says he’s assuming Lohan will soon be called back before Judge Sautner for a probation violation hearing…”