Amanda Bynes recently had a run-in with the law when she crashed her car into a police cruiser in the early morning hours. Allegedly, her blood-alcohol content was far greater than the state of California allows, so she will be charged with driving under the influence.
For mere mortals who do not make a living in front of the camera or on the field of play, this would have terrible repercussions: a job loss, an end to a marriage, and a year of riding a bicycle to work.
Celebrities, though, fear no remonstrance. In most cases celebrities and professional athletes will find some way to weasel out of the sentencing. Need proof? Just look into the penalties that Donte’ Stallworth faced when he drunkenly plowed into and killed a pedestrian on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. His slap on the wrist ensured that he would be ready for the upcoming season. An indefinite suspension handed down from the NFL lasted so short a time that Stallworth played for the Washington Redskins the following season and will be debuting with the New England Patriots this season. No bad for someone guilty of vehicular manslaughter.