California is the land of celebrities and beautiful people. As such, it sometimes feels as though there is a disconnect between the lives of the rich and famous living in Los Angeles and those of us who live here in San Luis Obispo. It has been pointed out more than once that celebrities seem to enjoy a much friendlier criminal justice system when it comes to offenses like driving under the influence.
In fact, a recent news article discussed the problem of celebrities who allegedly "glorify" drunk driving in the public statements they make. At the very least, safety advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving claim that many celebrities appear to minimize and laugh off a DUI arrest or conviction.
But do celebrities actually get treated differently than the rest of us? There are certainly some prominent examples of celebrities who have poked fun at themselves on shows like Saturday Night Live or any of the late night talk shows.
Perhaps these celebrities aren't actually laughing it off and treating it as no big deal. Perhaps they're posturing because they know that commenting seriously about their run-in with the law will result in an even bigger story and even more tabloid criticism.
If celebrities who get arrested for drunk driving seem to get only a "slap on the wrist," so to speak, it is likely because of good legal representation. It ultimately doesn't matter if you are famous or not - drunk driving charges are serious business. As such, anyone facing such charges needs the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Source: Fox News, "Experts: Celebrities who glorify drunk driving make streets more dangerous," Hollie McKay, June 5, 2013