Some criminal defense attorneys are able to work miracles. With the right group of attorneys, it is possible to get out of nearly any type of crime. As long as you've got the money to hire a good lawyer you can even get out of murder. Being famous helps too. Don't believe it? Check out these 25 celebrities who just received a slap on the wrist for breaking the law, when they should have done jail time! #1 and #2 were found not guilty of murder even though they had evidence!
#25 Snoop Dogg
"Snoop Dogg was arrested and put on trial in connection with the death of Philip Woldermariam, a member of a rival gang, after his bodyguard McKinley Lee shot and killed him back in 1993. Even though the rapper had been driving the vehicle from which the shooting commenced, Snoop and his bodyguard were acquitted of murder charges on the grounds of self-defense thanks to their dream team of lawyers." One of the defense lawyers was super attorney David Kenner. As long as you're a famous rapper, you can obviously get out of murder. Congratulations Snoopy.
#24 Justin Bieber
Bieber has certainly caused a great deal of trouble in his short career. This guy got Bieber out of some hefty charges including vandalism and assault. His lawyer, Roy Black, has been there and done that when it comes to representing celebrities. He's worked with Joe Francis, Peter Max and William Kennedy Smith. What will he do next?
#23 Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg was arrested for beating up a blind man and nearly killing him. He recently showed extremely cockiness when he sought out a pardon. Of course, the prosecution lawyer, Judith Beals, insists he didn't deserve it and he was able to escape the charge without doing any jail time. Beating a man blind is certainly non-reprehensible.
#22 Robert Blake
"On May 4, 2001 Actor Robert Blake and then-wife Bonnie Lee Bakley were having dinner at Vitello's, a favorite Italian diner. They parked several blocks away in a dark area near a dumpster. After dinner, Blake escorted Bakely back to the car. According to Blake, he realized that he left a handgun he was carrying back at the restaurant. When he returned to the car, he says he found her shot in the head." Robert Blake had a showboat of an attorney in Thomas Mesereau. Mesereau put on one heck of a show, confused the jury and helped Blake walk free. Guess you can't really ask for more than that, huh?
#21 Paris Hilton
Model and Actress Paris Hilton has had her fair share of run-ins with the law. One of the most memorable is the time she backed her Range Rover into a Honda Civic and drove away without leaving a note. In California, it is a crime to damage a parked car and drive off without leaving a note. A misdemeanor crime that is punishable by a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Paris didnt have to do any jail time or pay a fine. Paris did the same thing a few years later with her Bentley. I guess if you have money, you can get out of anything!
#20 R. Kelly
Singer R. Kelly has been in and out of trouble but mostly out of it. With the assistance of his criminal defense attorneys, Sam Adam, Sam Adam Jr, and Edward Genson, Kelly was able to beat child pornography charges and supposedly peeing on the victims. However this isn't the only time Kelly has been in trouble.
#19 Don King
Boxing promoter Don King killed two men in separate incidents. King killed the first man in self-defense when the man was trying to break into his gambling operation. King was charged with second-degree murder for the second incident, in which he stomped to death an employee who owed him $600. Boy oh boy, Don King has been in a ton of legal trouble and has faced many court trials. Charles E. Lomax, who represented King, should certainly be credited for having superb skills. Despite being convicted of second degree murder in 1966, King only ended up serving 4 years in prison and is still out and about and robbing professional boxers.
#18 Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.s was let off very lightly on more than one occasion for crimes that would see most non-celebs spending some serious time in the slammer. After spending almost a year in a substance abuse treatment facility and state prison, Downey Jr. was released early due to the fact that he had served time based on his orginal 1996 arrests. On a later occasion in 2000, Downey Jr. was apprehended after he was discovered in possession and under the influence of controlled substances following an anonymous tip-off and was put on parole. In 2001 he was discovered wandering around Culver City barefoot under the influence. Tests showed he had cocaine in his system, but was released and absolutely no charges were laid. Sure, RDJ got in trouble on numerous occasions, but there were also instances where his fame no doubt aided him in getting off easy.
#17 Rebecca Gayheart
Rebecca Gayheart hit and killed a 9 year old boy in 2001, was found not guilty of murder and paid a $2,800 fine and went on her merry way. Now, she's formed a close relationship with her attorney, Laura Wasser.
#16 Britney Spears
Britney Spears was caught driving with her 4-month-old son, sitting on her lap, without a child restraint. California law requires drivers to secure children sitting in the front seat who are under a year old or under 20 pounds. A violation is punishable by a fine of $100. She did not have to pay a nickel. Also in 2007 Britney Spears was charged with a hit and run accident after hitting a parked vehicle and driving without a valid licence. No fine or punishment there. I guess the court and judge were huge Britney fans.
#15 50 Cent
Some celebrities know how to handle their own troubles. 50 Cent certainly did, when he turned snitch and transformed a nine year sentence into a six month stay for selling drugs. Wow, what a guy. Selling crack isn't for everyone.
#14 Lawrence Taylor
NFL players aren't the sharpest cats in the kitchen for sure. Lawrence definitely ranks down there among the lowest especially after his rape allegations. Of course his lawyer,Arthur Aidala, got him out of it. Now his son has been arrested for a similar crime. Runs in the family, doesn't it?
#13 Mel Gibson
n July 28, 2006, Gibson was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) while speeding in his vehicle with an open container of alcohol. He then started yelling racial slurs to the officer. This was his 2nd incident involving drinking and driving. Punishment? Fine and a slap on the wrist.
#12 Charlie Sheen
On May 20, 1998, Sheen overdosed while using cocaine and was hospitalized. Sheen, already on probation in California for a previous drug offense, had his probation extended for an extra year and entered a rehab clinic. On December 25, 2009, Sheen was arrested for assaulting his wife, Brooke Mueller in Aspen, Colorado. Sheen was charged with felony menacing, as well as third-degree assault and criminal mischief Sheen, represented by lawyer Yale Galanter, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault as part of a plea bargain that included dismissal of the other charges against him. Sheen was sentenced to 30 days in a drug rehab center, 30 days of probation, and 36 hours of anger management.
#11 Brandy Norwood
Driving home on December 30, 2006, Norwood was involved in a fatal automobile accident on the LA Freeway. The accident claimed the life of 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj, the driver of the Toyota that was struck by Norwood's Range Rover. Aboudihaj died from her injuries at the L.A. Holy Cross Hospital the following day. Norwood was neither arrested nor charged with vehicular manslaughter due to insufficient evidence. Luckily for Brandy, she able to afford an excellent lawyer, Blair Berk..
#10 Michael J Fox
What most people dont know about Michael is that he was an illegal immigrant. Fox was born in Canada. He landed and acting job in America for the television show Letters From Frank. The only thing that was wrong was that he did not have his visa yet. Michael J. Fox revealed that he suffered some nervousness at the border early on in his career, "the actual visa had not yet come through," he mentioned in his 2010 autobiography. Immigration laws have always been a serious matter in America but if youre a television star they can make some exceptions.
#9 Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger was arrested for assault and obstructing justice in 1972. He was with Keith Richards and a few other friends when he was charged with assault and obstruction of justice after he allegedly attacked a photographer. After being arrested, however, the charges were dropped and everyone was released. Rock on!
#8 Kobe Bryant
In 2003, Kobe Bryant was charged with sexual assault; however, the charges were dropped after the woman who had accused the basketball player of sexual assault refused to testify. Later, a civil lawsuit was filed against Bryant by the woman, which was settled out of court. Although he apologized to his accuser, he admitted no guilt on his part.
#7 Matthew Broderick
On August 5, 1987, Broderick was in a car accident in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, while vacationing with Jennifer Grey, whom he had begun dating in semi-secrecy during the filming of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The accident, which was the event through which their relationship became public, occurred when the rented BMW Broderick was driving crossed into the wrong lane and collided head-on with a Volvo driven by Anna Gallagher, 28, accompanied by her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63, who were both killed instantly in the accident. Broderick was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and faced up to five years in prison, but was later convicted of the lesser charge of careless driving and fined $175, which the victims' family called "a travesty of justice." With some strong criminal defense attorneys, Broderick ended up getting a day off and a bill for less than $200. Wow pretty much sums this one up.
#6 Laura Bush
Back in Laura's teenage years, she actually killed one of her classmates. Like Broderick, it was an accidental death via a car wreck, but the former First Lady apparently left a high school party and proceeded to run a stop sign, in the process smashing straight into the car being driven by 17-year-old Michael Douglas, who died at the scene. Bush doesnt shy away from this tragedy, but despite rumors that it could have been a criminally negligent incident and there was suspicion of drunk driving, no charges were filed.
#5 Ted Kennedy
In 1969, a 36-year-old Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge at Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts. Kennedy escaped the car and left the scene, leaving a passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, to die. He didnt even admit the crime until the car was discovered by fishermen the next day. He was only convicted of leaving the scene, and got a two-month suspended sentence. This man ended up being a Senator. Unbelievable.
#4 Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious was the bassist for the Punk Rock Group called the Sex Pistols. Nancy Spungen, Sids girlfriend, was found dead in the bathroom of a hotel room where the couple were staying. She was stabbed once in her stomach and bled to death. The weapon belonged to Sid who admitted that the two had a falling out the night before. He did not remember the details as he was heavily drugged up at the time. He gave the police conflicting statements, claiming that he did stab her , but didnt mean to kill her before later stating that she fell on the knife. He then later claimed to have no memory of the incident whatsoever and attempted to maintain his innocence. All the evidence pointed to Sid, but he never ended up serving time for his alleged crime. He died from a heroin overdose before his trial could take place. Many suspect that his death was a suicide.
#3 Vince Neil
Vince Neil, the lead singer of rock group Motley Crue. has been in and out of legal trouble throughout the years, but nothing is crazier than his vehicular manslaughter charge in 1986. Crazy enough, Judge Edward Hinz Jr. sentenced him to only 30 days in jail! His lawyer certainly scored a Hail Mary with that one.
#2 Oscar Pistorius
Four-time Paralympics gold medal runner and double amputee Oscar Pistorius was charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria home. He said he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder, but he was arrested and charged with murder. At his trial the following year, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide. He received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide and a concurrent three-year suspended prison sentence for a separate reckless endangerment conviction. In November, prosecutors asked the sentencing judge for permission to appeal the verdict. Permission was granted in December, and the case will next be presented to a five-person panel at the Supreme Court of Appeal.
#1 OJ Simpson
In 1995, Former NFL Football Superstar OJ Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman after a lengthy and internationally publicized criminal trial, the People v. Simpson. In 1997, a civil court awarded a judgment against Simpson for their wrongful deaths; as of 2007 he had paid little of the $33.5 million judgment. In September 2007, Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, and charged with numerous felonies, including armed robbery and kidnapping. Luckily this time he was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years' imprisonment. Karma.
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