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"Transformers" actor charged after incident in New York

A celebrity's every little move is always under the intense glare of the public's eye. Therefore, when an actor is accused of a crime, the entire situation could be blown out of proportion and have a serious impact on that person's career and personal reputation.

New Yorkers may remember actor Shia LaBeouf from movies such "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," as well as the "Transformers" franchise. So they may be interested to hear that the famous actor was recently arrested in New York due to allegations of having committed several crimes. LaBeouf had been attending a live performance of "Cabaret," a popular musical. The show was being played at Studio 54 in New York. According to police, the actor allegedly began using swear words and in general disturbing the show. He then reportedly acted belligerently when theater security guards requested that he leave the premises. He was subsequently charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Even seemingly minor criminal charges could have long-term consequences. Criminal charges such as trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment could lead, at the very least, to fines and a criminal record if convicted. Having a criminal record could make it difficult for a person to rent an apartment, apply for certain jobs or obtain higher education. In the end, having a criminal record can have a very negative impact on a person's life for years to come.

This is why it is so important to fight criminal charges head-on. A strong criminal defense argument can be made on behalf of the accused. Depending on the circumstances, the accused may be able to argue that he or she was not present at the time and place where the incident occurred, that he or she did not do anything that was illegal or that he or she did not have the required motive to commit the alleged crime. These are only three possibilities. By working with a professional, the accused can explore all of their options when it comes to preparing a criminal defense strategy.

Source: Reuters, "Shia LaBeouf arrested at New York performance of 'Cabaret': police," Sharon Bernstein and Eric Johnson, June 27, 2014

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