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Community Service For Celebrities

Do celebrities who have committed misdemeanors and/or felonies receive special treatment? Do they receive special community service? The answer to these questions in the city of New York is that everyone does the same community service.

Caroline Giuliani

Caroline Giuliani, age 21, is the daughter of New York’s former mayor, Rudolph Giuliani. She was recently charged with shoplifting in New York City, which is a misdemeanor (under New York State law, misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in prison). Her attorneys recently worked out a plea-bargain deal on the shoplifting (petit larceny) charge. The charge will be dismissed if Caroline completes one day of community service and stays out of trouble for a period of six months.

Caroline Giuliani’s attorneys requested that she receive special treatment and that she be able to pick out her own type of community service. The court refused to allow this. She will most likely be assigned to the same community service regime that Boy George and Naomi Campbell were subject to.

Boy George and Naomi Campbell

Boy George and Naomi Campbell had been prosecuted in the city of New York for various misdemeanors (criminal matters). In each of their cases, they were ordered to perform community service. Boy George advised the court that he would throw a concert in the city of New York and donate all of the proceeds from the concert to the city as his community service. The court said no! Instead, Boy George put on gloves, a face mask, a neon vest and work boots and spent several hours sweeping and cleaning up the corners of the New York City Sanitation Department garage in Manhattan.

Naomi Campbell had some negative interaction with the criminal justice system in March of 2007. She was convicted of throwing her cell phone (a misdemeanor) at her housekeeper and was sentenced to community service.

Naomi showed up to work wearing stiletto boots. The former model changed into work boots, a neon vest and a face mask. She too cleaned and scrubbed the New York City Department of Sanitation garage.

Community Service

Criminal defense counsel in the City of New York, Long Island and Westchester county can work out community service alternatives to criminal sentences. Community service avoids jail time and probation.

Should you, a loved one or a friend be charged with a criminal matter, feel free to contact the criminal defense lawyers at the law office of Elliot Schlissel. We can help protect your rights and, in the event that you are convicted of a crime, try to work out a community service alternative to incarceration. Please contact us at 1-800-344-6431, or by email.

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