Samuel Goldberg has been a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney for 20 years. Prior to that, he was a New York state prosecutor. He has published various articles regarding the practice of criminal law and frequently provides legal analysis on radio and television, appearing on outlets such as the Fox News Channel, Court TV, MSNBC and The BBC Network. To speak to Sam about a criminal matter call (617) 492 3000.

Celebrity Criminal Cases: Charlie Sheen Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Third-Degree Assault and Lindsey Lohan Goes to Rehab After Serving Jail Time for Violating Probation for DUI

Unlike most nonfamous civilians, when a celebrity is charged with a crime, the case tends to make national headlines. In recent celebrity news, TV actor Charlie Sheen reached a plea agreement to resolve the domestic violence charges against him.

The 44-year-old actor was initially charged with second-degree assault and menacing and criminal mischief last December following an altercation with wife Brooke Mueller. Under the plea deal, Sheen is pleading guilty to a misdemeanor third-degree assault count and will serve his 30-day jail term in a Malibu jail. He must also attend rehabilitation. Time that the actor has already spent in rehab will be factored into his sentence.

Sheen must also complete 36 hours of domestic violence treatment and three months of unsupervised probation. The actor’s sentence will allow him to return to the set of his show “Two and a Half Men” in time for filming of the new season.

In another celebrity criminal case, actress Lindsey Lohan was released from jail after serving 13 days of a 90-day sentence. She was immediately sent to rehab. TMZ says she is being treated for an amphetamine addiction and for bipolar disorder.

Lohan had violated probation for a 2007 drunk driving charge because she did not show up for alcohol education classes. Her jail sentence was reduced because of an early-release program that combats overcrowding in the Los Angeles jail system and for good behavior. The 24-year-old movie star has admitted that she has an alcohol and drug problem.

Charlie Sheen to serve Aspen ‘jail’ term in Malibu rehab, CNN, August 4, 2010
Lindsay Lohan Released From Jail Into Rehab, ABC News, August 2, 2010
Charlie Sheen arrested on felony charges in Aspen, Colo., Los Angeles Times, December 25, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Celebrity Crimes, Yahoo News
Plea bargain, Cornell University Law School
Massachusetts Probation Service Fact Sheet, The Massachusetts Court System
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