Disney stars have a bad reputation for getting into trouble. Many start to slip up during their teen years, either by partying too much, taking drugs/drinking alcohol or driving drunk. Some end up going to rehab to clean up their act and some unfortunately wind up in jail. What causes this? Is it the freedom they are given due to their financial statuses and fame that causes this behavior? There seems to be a pattern involved and many of them go on to clean up their acts and have successful careers. A few of these stars seemingly never learn their lessons though and have multiple arrests under their belts.
For stars like Britney Spears and Shia LaBeouf who have faced serious charges and personal problems; these troubles don’t seem to affect their careers as they keep flourishing as the years go on. For others such as Orlando Bloom and Brian Bonsall, stardom proved too much to handle and we won’t be seeing them on the big screen anytime soon.
While driving under the influence seems to be the most common law broken for these celebs; there is seemingly no rule that is off limits. From possession of meth to assault charges to not showing up in court to robbing a pizza store; these 10 celebrities got off on the wrong foot with the law and have had some shocking legal trouble.
10 Orlando Brown
This Disney star got famous for his roles in That’s So Raven and The Proud Family in the early 2000’s. Things started to go bad for Brown in 2007 when he was arrested for possession. Over the course of four years Brown received two charges for driving under the influence and was arrested twice for not following the conditions of the DUI charges. He now has three warrants out for his arrest and clearly isn't coming back to Hollywood anytime soon. In fact we bet he is staying off everyone’s radar.
9 Anneliese van der Pol
We aren't sure what this show did to the child actors but Anneliese van der Pol who also starred on That’s So Raven was arrested in 2006 for driving under the influence. Not only was she driving two times past the legal limit of alcohol but she hit numerous parked vehicles. Van der Pol served 36 months probation, paid a $2,800 fine and attended an alcohol education program in order to get her name cleared. Since then this Disney star has turned her life around and performed on stage numerous times in many plays and musicals.
8 Brian Bonsall
Starring in Disney’s popular movie Blank Check this troublemaker has been in and out of jail and rehab more times than most celebrities. It looks like being a child star proved just too much for him to handle. Trouble started when he was arrested in 2001 and 2004 for driving under the influence. More followed in 2007 when he assaulted his girlfriend and was charged with second-degree assault and sentenced to two years probation. In 2009 he was charged with third-degree assault for hitting his friend in the face with a broken stool repeatedly. It's unlikely Bonsall will ever return to acting and we just wish he would get his act together.
7 Lindsay Lohan
Lohan is one of the most recognized faces on this list. She has starred in numerous Disney movies such as The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday. Trouble started in 2007 when she was arrested for driving under the influence. The next seven years were a series of arrests such as theft, DUI’s, hit and runs, missing court dates and rehab stints. She even spent 14 days in jail before being moved to a medical facility. Her last misdemeanor was in 2013 when she spent 90 days in a lockdown rehabilitation center. We hope that Lohan is turning her life around but after all these charges we can’t be sure.
6 Mitchell Musso
This actor dabbled in everything Disney; from Life is Ruff to the ever popular Hannah Montana to original Disney Channel movies. In 2011 it came as a shock to fans when he was arrested for driving under the influence. Musso failed to stop for police and was arrested at the scene for two charges, he was 20 years old at the time. Luckily this actor was released on $5,000 bail but his career took some hits and his character was written out of shows and PrankStars in which he was supposed to be the host was cancelled. Musso has since stayed out of trouble and has appeared in a few movies.
5 Dutch Elijah Whitlock
This High School Musical actor must really love his pizza. Whitlock was arrested in 2008 for robbing a pizza store at gunpoint. The most unusual twist about this story is that this actor actually used to work at this pizza joint. Luckily no one was injured but aggravated robbery is a first degree offence. At age 19 he served a full year in prison for the robbery and hasn't been seen on-screen since. We hope that deep dish pizza was worth it.
4 Shia LaBeouf
This star made his breakout into comedy acting in the long running series Even Stevens from 1999-2003; playing the dorky but clever younger brother. Things went downhill for LaBeouf in 2005 when he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. Sources say he threatened his neighbor by driving into his car. Subsequent arrests followed in 2007, 2008 and 2014 for criminal trespassing (twice!), drunk driving and disorderly conduct. This actor can still be seen in recent films though such as Fury (2014) and Man Down (2015) and his arrests seem to have no effect on his career.
3 Billy Unger
Staring in The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone and Lab Rats; this actor has had a successful stint with Disney. Unfortunately like many Disney stars before him; Unger was arrested in 2014 for driving under the influence. Police pulled the 18 year old over for speeding and suspected that he had been drinking. This underage actor only had a small trace of alcohol in him but California’s laws have zero tolerance for drivers under the age of 21. Unger still holds his lead role as Chase in Lab Rats and has hopefully learned his lesson from this arrest.
2 Britney Spears
Spears got her start in Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club and soon went from child to pop sensation. It seemed that teen stardom was too much for this celebrity to handle as she went through numerous public breakdowns, arrests and spent many days in rehab and psych centers. In 2007 she was detained following a hit and run and was booked on charges. In 2008 she was detained by police when she refused to hand her children over to their father as per the court order. The publicity has only helped Spears' career and she remains a superstar who is still raking in the cash.
Playing Lizzie McGuire’s best friend in the hit show Lizzie McGuire was the most acting Lalaine has done and her arrests may have something to do with that. In 2007 she was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. A pretty serious charge; it was also shocking that this actress didn’t even bother to show up for her court case. Subsequently the judge put out an arrest warrant for her and once Lalaine finally decided to show up in court she pled guilty to the charge and enrolled in a drug treatment program. Since then Lalaine has stayed out of legal troubles and has had a few minor roles including one on the movie Easy A.