Fame is a double-edged sword. It can put someone on the top of the world, on the covers of magazines and provide them with money and freedom the likes of which so few will ever know. It can also place every aspect of your life under a microscope and when things take a turn for the worse, everyone on the planet will know about it.
Celebrities are just like everyone else though, and they are expected to obey the laws of the land. Sometimes, the trappings of fame and notoriety create a powerful cocktail and once drunk on its power, stars can feel above the law. While they may occasionally get a slap on the wrist, or at the very least a much more benign sentence, there are times when no amount of fame can keep someone from being tossed in the clink.
These are some of the more notable celebs to have spent some time behind bars in 2011.
Lindsay Lohan - Lindsay is probably the most famous instance of celebrity jail time this year. Though she only ended up serving about four and a half hours of her 30 day sentence in November, she told her friends that the experience was a scary one, and one she'd not soon forget. Lindsay had been sentenced to do jail time after she violated the terms of her probation by getting thrown out of a women's shelter she was doing community service at and by not showing up to court ordered counselor sessions.
Michael Lohan - Not to be upstaged by his daughter, LiLo's daddy also got himself locked up late this year. Just days after her own legal troubles resumed, her father was arrested for a domestic disturbance situation in Florida. Though he was initially denied bail, he was eventually let go and was just recently sentenced to do court-ordered rehab...Like father, like daughter?
Vince Neil - The Motley Crue frontman may need to pay a visit to Dr. Feelgood after paying a $1000 fine and entering a guilty plea in a case that resulted in Vince being locked up this past March. Apparently an altercation between the singer and his ex-girlfriend transpired in a Las Vegas comedy club, and things got heated and when the dust settled, Vince was arrested and was being charged with a few counts, the most serious being battery. That count was dismissed by the judge who accepted Neil's guilty plea.
Soulja Boy - The hip-hop artist found himself in quite a lot of hot water in Atlanta this past October. While driving a rented car, Soulja Boy was pulled over by police and firearms and marijuana were found in the car. He was arrested and booked on felony drug possession charges. No further hearings have been held in Soulja's case at the time that this article is being written.
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