Justin Bieber’s DUI Case Comes to a Close

For Justin Bieber, a case that began more than seven months ago in Florida has a finally come to a close. Back in January 2014, the pop star made headlines when he was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Bieber was pulled over by police in connection with an illegal street race. The police encountered Bieber’s rented yellow Lamborghini racing a red Ferrari, driven by a well-known R&B singer, in a residential Miami neighborhood. The teen was traveling at speeds close to double the posted speed limit. After observing his blood shot eyes and the odor of alcohol on his breath, police had the then 19-yeard old engage in field sobriety tests. Bieber failed the tests and later admitted to police having smoked pot and taken prescription drugs. While the singer’s blood alcohol concentration did come back below the BAC limit for drivers under the age of 21, a blood test later revealed that the presence of THC, the active substance in marijuana, and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Bieber originally pleaded not guilty to the charges and his case was set for trial. In addition to the DUI charges, Bieber faced charges for driving with an expired license and for resisting arrest. However, the trial did not occur as it was announced in mid-August, close to seven months after the incident occurred, that Justin had accepted a plea deal. While some may have thought the celebrity’s star power might allow him it to escape without penalty—that was not quite the case. While the deal reached does allow Bieber to avoid a DUI conviction—he did have to plead guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest, both misdemeanor charges. The charge for driving without a license was dropped as Justin provided proof of a valid license.

With this deal, Justin must attend a 12-hour anger management lass. He will also have to pay court fines of $500 and court costs. Bieber also made a $50,000 contribution to “Our Kids,” a local children’s charity. While the charity portion of the deal could not be legally enforced, it was part of the prosecutor’s demand, and in fact, Justin did pay the sum prior to the time when the Judge accepted Bieber’s plea deal. Also as part of the plea deal, Justin must attend a victim impact program called “YouImpact”. Through this program Bieber will meet with people whose lives have been affected by drunk drivers. The goal of this program and programs like it, are to show offenders first-hand about the trauma, pain, suffering and loss that is experienced by innocent victims and their loved ones as a result of DUI accidents.

The Judge hearing the Bieber case did accept the plea deal reached, however, he also wanted to deliver a message of his own to Justin. The Judge compared Justin to a young Robert Downey Jr., who despite problems with drugs and alcohol in his youth, was able to turn his life around. The Judge hoped that Justin will grow up and learn to make the most of his talents. The Judge also wanted Justin to serve as a better role model for his numerous young fans.

 If you have been charged with driving under the influence, the first thing you need to do is find an experienced Kansas DUI Defense Attorney. Only a skilled Kansas DUI Defense Attorney will be able to thoroughly review your case and help you make the decision of whether to accept a plea deal or go to trial. For more than 35 years, Kansas DUI Defense Attorney Charles E. Whitman has provide clients charged with DUI superior legal services. To schedule your free and confidential consultation, call The Whitman Law Offices today at (785) 843-9460.


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