From Stars to Behind Bars: 4 Celebrities Turned Criminal
It might seem like stars get away with the crimes they commit more often than us regular folks do, but their downfalls eventually become public news. It seems as if everyday there is a new celebrity mugshot on the news. In some cases, the criminal history outshines everything else in the celebrity’s past.
1. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan might be more famous for finding herself in court than she is for finding herself in movie roles. She was in teen comedies such as Mean Girls and Freaky Friday before she was found guilty of Driving Under the Influence. Her probation was revoked several more times until she was eventually released in January of 2011. One month later, she was in court again for allegedly stealing a necklace. Her career has been at a standstill for several years now.
2. O.J. Simpson
In 1994, football player O.J. Simpson was considered a free criminal when he was acquitted in the murder of his ex-wife and her friend. In 2007, Simpson was arrested again in Las Vegas. He was accused and convicted of armed robbery in addition to other felonies. Simpson and a group of men broke into a hotel room in order to steal sports memorabilia. The star claimed that each of the items belonged to him. He received a sentence of more than 30 years and will be serving it in Nevada.
3. Winona Ryder
In December of 2001, Winona Ryder was arrested for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. She was accused of stealing 5,000 dollars worth of merchandise, resulting in four felony charges. She was also accused of using prescription drugs, namely oxycodone and Vicodin. One year after the offense, the actress was convicted of grand theft, shoplifting and vandalism and sentenced to three years of probation and 480 hours of community service. In 2005, Ryder completed her probation and each felony became a misdemeanor.
4. Martha Stewart
At the end of 2001, Martha Stewart avoided a huge loss of more than 45,000 dollars by selling her shares of ImClone Systems. She was soon accused of receiving private information from her broker but she refused to speak about it until 2002 when she resigned from several positions. In 2003, Stewart was indicted on nine counts and found guilty of insider trading one year later. She was sentenced to five months in jail and two years of supervised release.
In some cases the judge truly decides to make a statement with the case. Some celebrities find themselves in need of a good criminal attorney in San Diego, Los Angeles or anywhere else in the country.
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