Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

10 Least Surprising Celebrity Arrests

Celebrities might have all the money in the world, but they certainly aren’t above the law. Stars are easily swept up by drugs, guns, and criminal activity, but they don’t do a great job of covering up their tracks or learning from their mistakes. Here are the 10 least surprising celebrity arrests.

  1. Snoop Dogg

    Snoop Dogg has been in the big house one too many times, and now he can add one more charge to the list. The famous West Coast rapper was recently arrested at a U.S.-Mexico border checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas, for possession of marijuana. The 40-year-old was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and turned over to the Hudspeth County sheriff. Snoop Dogg was released and given a Jan. 20 court date. Considering his track record of drug possession charges and weapons offenses, this probably won’t be the last time we hear of the bad boy rapper going to the slammer.

  2. Lindsay Lohan

    Lindsay Lohan is no stranger to causing trouble and we wouldn’t be surprised if she was arrested this year. Over the past few years, the 25-year-old actress has had many run-ins with the law. Lohan’s party girl ways had caught up to her when she was arrested for driving under the influence and police found a "usable" amount of cocaine in her car. Lohan’s 45-day rehab stint didn’t seem to straighten her up because she was arrested two weeks later for a second DUI and more cocaine was found. Her downward spiral has continued over the years, causing her to miss out on many film opportunities and tarnish her reputation in the process.

  3. Willie Nelson

    Country music legend, Willie Nelson, has had his fair share of run-ins with the law. His love for marijuana has landed him some trips to the slammer, starting in 1974, when he was arrested for marijuana possession in Dallas. Years later, Nelson was arrested when police found a marijuana cigarette in his car. In 2006, Nelson was on the road again when he got pulled over in St. Martin Parish, La., and was arrested for possession of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms. Four years later, Nelson was arrested for carrying six ounces of marijuana on his tour bus. At first, the prosecutor suggested Nelson sing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" for the court instead of paying the fine, but the judge said it was a joke and Nelson still had to pay the fine just like every other offender.

  4. Lil Wayne

    Lil Wayne might be a rap genius, but his criminal track record is dumbfounding. The rapper has been arrested several times, mostly for possession of drugs and weapons. In 2008, Lil Wayne’s tour bus was stopped by Border Patrol agents in southwestern Arizona, where they discovered marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with four felonies and posted his $10,185 bond. The rapper later served eight months at Rikers Island prison for a year-long sentence for criminal possession of a weapon. Since his time in the big house, Lil Wayne has stayed out of trouble, but we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if it happened again.

  5. Paris Hilton

    Paris Hilton’s criminal record keeps growing by the year. The hotel heiress’ first big run-in with the police occurred in 2006, when she was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. The next year, she was pulled over for driving with a suspended license. Hilton got pulled over the next month for speeding and driving without her headlights on. Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating her probation, but was reassigned to home confinement after just a few days in jail. Hilton got herself in trouble again when she was caught with cocaine on the Las Vegas strip in 2010, but claimed it wasn’t hers and said she thought it was gum.

  6. Rip Torn

    Actor Rip Torn has been in and out of jail more times than we can count. The star, whose hit movies include Men in Black and The Beastmaster, has a long history of drunk-driving arrests. Torn’s most recent run-in with the law involved breaking into a Connecticut bank while drunk and armed with a loaded revolver. Torn pleaded guilty to the charges of reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and the illegal carrying of a firearm. He was given three years of probation, will be subject to random drug and alcohol tests, and is banned from possessing a firearm.

  7. Michael Lohan

    Michael Lohan may not be a true celebrity, but his legal drama is on par with the most badly behaved stars, in particular, his daughter. Lohan is a former cocaine user who’s been dealing with the po-po since the early ’90s. He was first investigated for insider trading and charged with criminal contempt of court. He spent three years in jail and got another year for violating probation. In pre-Real Housewives of New Jersey style, Lohan got into a fistfight with his ex-wife’s brother during a communion party for their youngest child. He was charged with attempted assault. Before the assault case came to an end, Lohan was arrested for driving under the influence and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. For years, Lohan has been in and out of rehab for his alcoholism, but got arrested in 2011 for the umpteenth time for suspected domestic violence.

  8. Charlie Sheen

    Charlie Sheen has been arrested so much throughout his career that nothing he does surprises us anymore. Sheen’s drug and alcohol use got him in trouble with the law on many occasions. In 2009, Sheen’s third wife, Brooke Mueller, claimed he assaulted her. He was arrested and charged with felony menacing, third-degree assault, and criminal mischief. Sheen pleaded guilty to the assault charge and the other charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain. He completed a stint in rehab and anger management. His most recent debacle occurred in 2010, when Sheen was removed from The Plaza Hotel for causing $7,000 in damage to his hotel suite in a drunken, cocaine-induced rampage.

  9. Andy Dick

    Comedian Andy Dick has had his fair share of legal problems, ranging from cocaine and marijuana possession, indecent exposure, groping patrons at a comedy club, and being drunk and disorderly in public. One of Dick’s worst crimes occurred in 2008, when he exposed the breasts of a 17-year-old girl by pulling down her shirt and bra. He was charged with misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to three years probation. Since then, Dick has been racking up the fines and probation time for altercations, sexual abuse accusations, and public intoxication.

  10. Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson has been causing trouble for years and we wouldn’t be surprised if he got arrested in 2012. The accomplished actor has a long history of driving under the influence of alcohol and not controlling his temper. In 2010, Gibson was called into question for accusations of domestic violence against his then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Although Gibson pleaded no contest to the battery charges, his irate phone call recordings are still engrained in our memories and we can’t help but wonder when his next arrest will be.