Yes, in my personal opinion, I do think that the law and judges, etc are more lenient and easier on celebrities or people who are popular with certain crowds. Take for example, Lindsay Lohan. She has had so many brushes with the law, she is still out and about when she should be in jail.
The rich and famous will always have an easier time, as long as wealth equals power in society. So it's no surprise that such people get off easy, like Charlie Sheen being sentenced to rehab for things that would have sent an average joe to prison for 20 years. It's how our society works.
Celebrities are considered somehow as intrinsically worth more than other people. Therefore when they are suspected of breaking the law, different rules seem to apply to them. A lot more care has to be giving to ensure their fair trials, they are often giving special treatment in prison if they do wind up going there, and even the suggestion they might be guilty is more difficult to embrace because of the complications that arise. So yes, a different standard applies to them.
We've seen it all. Celebrities busted with narcotics, hit-and-run accidents, pedophiles and domestic abusers tend to get a slap on the wrist compared to the average citizen. Sometimes it could be just a matter of how much legal representation they are able to afford, and other times it is a matter clearly of who they are in the world of celebrity. Perhaps their agents, movie studios and record labels are able to persuade law enforcement to bend the rules or go easy on them for the sake of the individual's image and that of the studio or label they represent, but either way it is a problem. It sends the wrong message out to impressionable people who forget that they are not on the same level financially or socially as celebrities and expect to get away with breaking the law.
I am going to quote the argument that appears next to me on this page, "We've seen it all. Celebrities busted with narcotics, hit-and-run accidents, pedophiles and domestic abusers tend to get a slap on the wrist compared to the average citizen."
This is why people think that celebrities get away with everything, but it's a misnomer. We know the pedophile is referring the Michael Jackson, a man who was never convicted still had to deal with it the rest of his life.
Pick a random starlet for the narcotics mention, they have it follow them for years, Robert Downey Jr is only now being brought up without mention of drugs and his last charge was over a decade ago.
Celebrities don't get off easier because they are celebrities, they do because they are wealthy and can afford good lawyers. The media simply hounds them for months before and after a verdict is passed with their own judgment, which is why it seems like they get such a better deal.