"I think [reports] are way exaggerated," Richard Hutton tells PEOPLE of his embattled client

By Dahvi Shira
May 29, 2013 03:00 PM
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While Amanda Bynes has been making headlines for eyebrow-raising behavior in New York City, her DUI attorney on the other side of the country insists things are not as bad as they seem.

“I think [reports] are way exaggerated,” Richard Hutton told PEOPLE on Wednesday in Beverly Hills, shortly after a hearing on his client’s case. “I think Amanda’s fine. I have no problems with her whatsoever. She’s a fine client.”

Hutton, who has spoken to Bynes, 27, recently, says, “Every time I’ve talked to her, I’ve had nice, attorney-client normal relations with her.”

Although he is not the lawyer involved in her New York case – Bynes was arrested on May 23 for reckless endangerment when she allegedly threw a bong out the window of her 36th-floor apartment – Hutton believes the whole thing “has been blown out of proportion.”

He explains, “The New York case doesn’t seem like much of a case, really. I mean, come on. Even if you believe everything you hear, it’s something that amounts to virtually nothing. And it’s my understanding there’s not much evidence to back that case up. There’s no physical evidence to back it up. I understand there’s no marijuana, no pipe.”

Bynes, who is not required to appear in court for her DUI case unless it goes to trial, was arrested in April 2012 in West Hollywood while driving her BMW. When she attempted to pass the right of a police car, she instead collided with its right rear quarter panel.

The mishap kicked off a string of motor incidents, which included hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license charges.

Unless Bynes does end up coming to L.A. for legal reasons, Hutton suspects, “She’ll never be here.” The next hearing in the DUI case was set for July 18.