Amanda Bynes Owes Lawyer $16,000
Amanda Bynes may not have been prosecuted for her September DUI, but she’s currently facing a $16,000 bill from her lawyer. Read on to learn more about this scoop.
Amanda Bynes won’t be prosecuted for her September DUI, but reports say that the “Easy A” actress may still face jail. According to MailOnline, Bynes will not be prosecuted because she didn’t have enough Adderall levels during her time of arrest, but driving with any level of Adderall still constitutes a probation violation. While this may seem like a pretty good news, Bynes still has some issues to face.
According to TMZ, Bynes’ lawyer, Artemio Santiago, is now asking the “What a Girl Wants” actress for $16,000 for his troubles trying to help Bynes get back on her feet. Santiago claims that Bynes was a mess that time and even calls himself her “savior.”
According to Santiago, via E! News, Bynes hired him on Oct. 14, 2014 to represent her at a competency hearing. Bynes has previously refused to take her prescribed medication while she was confined at a Pasadena mental facility. Santiago reportedly was the one who convinced Bynes to start taking her meds.
Santiago said that he even went beyond his duties as a lawyer and became Bynes’ attendant, bringing her ballet shoes, tights, DVDs and some books.
Santiago claims that he asked for $12,320.47 from the family’s attorney, but he has not been paid for his services since then. Now, he’s asking for $16,000 from the unpaid invoice and cost of filing for the petition.
Bynes’ parents, though, refuse to pay Santiago for his services because they believe that their daughter didn’t have the mental capacity to hire a lawyer that time.
In Oct. 22, 2014, Bynes’ mom, Lynn, was appointed as the “She’s the Man” actress’ temporary conservator despite the actress’ objection because she reportedly lacked the capacity to hire a lawyer. Days after, Bynes reportedly asked Santiago to represent her at the hearing instead of her mom. Santiago was removed as her counsel at the hearing.
A hearing for Santiago’s petition is scheduled on March 10, 2015.
E! News also learned that payments incurred by those who aren’t in charge of their own money must first be approved by the judge.
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