Celebrity arrests always make big headlines, particularly here in Los Angeles where celebrity citing is not all that uncommon. While some of these arrests create shockwaves, others are not as scandalous simply because we tend to expect some celebrities to have those occasional run-ins with the law. There’s no question that these reports can be sensational. At the same time, as Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers, we believe there are lessons to be learned from these high-profile cases.
Here are what we consider the top five celebrity arrests of 2017:
This happened on Memorial Day 2017 in Palm Beach, Florida. Media outlets reported that the star golfer’s 2015 Mercedes-Benz was seen being parked improperly in a lot. Police noticed that the driver – Woods – had passed out in the driver’s seat with his foot still on the brakes. Police began to ask him questions after waking him up. Woods answered saying he was returning after golfing. He didn’t seem to know where he was. Police also observed that Woods’ speech was slurred. Woods denied consuming alcohol but did admit he had taken prescription drugs to alleviate pain caused by recent back surgery. He said he did not imagine that the cocktail of prescription drugs he was taking at the time could affect him to this extent.
Actor Shia LeBeouf kept the cops busy and he was arrested twice this year. In January, he was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor assault after getting into a physical fight with an anti-Trump protester in New York. Media outlets reported that the actor pulled a man’s scarf and then shoved him. In July, LeBeouf was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness, obstruction and disorderly conduct, this time in Georgia.
YouTube star Austin Jones, who has a pretty big following for his acapella singing, was arrested back in June on child pornography charges. The 24-year-old allegedly communicated with two underage females via Facebook and asked them to show evidence they were his true fans by sending him sexually explicit videos. Jones was reportedly apprehended by federal officials at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago where he admitted to the charges.
Former Bachelor star Chris Soules was arrested April 25 on suspicion of hit-and-run. The 35-year-old was driving in Buchanan County, Iowa, when he struck a tractor from behind. The man, a farmer, who was driving the tractor died from his injuries. Police said Soules fled the scene of the fatal accident by foot. They also found alcohol containers inside the reality show star’s truck. He was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash.
Naya Rivera, former star of the TV show “Glee” was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery after allegedly attacking her husband over the Thanksgiving weekend. Police said Rivera struck her husband in the head and face while taking a walk with him and their child.
If you or a loved one is facing any type of criminal charge, it would be in your best interest to not talk to the police, but contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help protect your rights.