Courtney Love was scheduled to go to trial on Monday, but instead of the court addressing her misdemeanor drug charge, the singer found herself with a new charge — disorderly conduct.
Love, who did not appear in court, entered a plea of not guilty via her attorney to the additional misdemeanor charge, brought for public intoxication while putting oneself or others in harm's way, according to Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles city attorney's office. Her first misdemeanor drug charge was for being under the influence of a controlled substance (see "Courtney Love Faces Up To A Year In Jail For Drug Charge"). As a precaution, prosecutors added the disorderly conduct charge because it carries an easier standard of proof, as they won't be required to specify the type of drug involved, should that become an issue.
Asking for a continuance, Love's attorney Michael Rosenstein said he needed more time to have Love's urine sample — collected by police during her arrest in October — independently analyzed. Her defense plans to contest not just the toxicology results, but also the expertise of the officers who were on the scene and their ability to determine probable cause based on Love's state at the time.
Police were initially called to investigate a burglary report when the singer tried to break into her former boyfriend and manager James Barber's home on October 2. Though Barber said he didn't want to press charges, Love was arrested and charged with one count of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Love was later charged separately in Beverly Hills with two felony counts of unlawful possession of prescription painkillers (see "Courtney Love Turns Herself In On Felony Drug Charges"). Love is due in court on March 16 for the felony possession case.
Judge Patricia Schnegg granted a continuance until April 5, when the court will hear the defense's motion to have Love's drug-test results suppressed.