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Alice in Chains' Mike Starr Arrested for Drug Possession After Celebrity Rehab Stint

Article by William Tapscott,

Reviewed by Attorney Elisabeth Pasqualini, Criminal Law Division Leader:

Feb 18, 2011

Mike Starr for Alice in Chains, has been arrested for drug possession, a drug crime. This is more than the typical disappointing celebrity drug arrest, though, because Starr was featured on the TV show Celebrity Rehab, and appeared to have kicked his substance abuse problems.

TMZ reports that Mike Starr has been arrested in Salt Lake City for a drug crime. The former bass player for Alice in Chains was featured in the 2009 season of Celebrity Rehab, where he appeared to recover from substance abuse. He is currently being held in jail

Mike Starr's arrest will come as a major disappointment for fans of Celebrity Rehab, undermining the basic premise of the show (that celebrities can be quickly cured of substance abuse problems). It is unclear at this point what potential penalties the Alice in Chains bassist could be facing, and whether jail time could be involved.

While famous musicians and movie stars might catch some breaks when they are arrested in Hollywood, Mike Starr is unlikely to receive special treatment in a Utah jail. The politically conservative state takes a dim view of drug crimes.

Mike Starr is not the only rock star bass player to be arrested this month, though. The Smashing Pumpkins former bassist, D'arcy Wretzky was also arrested. She is charged with the crime of "Animals Running at Large." Apparently, some horses escaped from her farm and caused havoc near her Michigan home. She ignored her tickets and court dates, and ended up getting a six-day jail sentence.

Drug crimes come in all shapes and sizes.  Depending on the illegal type of drug that one is found to be in possesion of at the time, there can be varrying penalties.  There may be alternatives to jail.  We have handled hundreds of felony drug possession, trafficking, and manufacturing (growing, cultivating) charges.  Contact the firm of Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC at www.shafferengle.com or toll free at 1-866-765-0706.  You may contact Attorney Pasqualini directly at Elisabeth@shafferengle.com. 

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