A trial date has been set for Justin Bieber in Miami for his recent arrest on three misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest non-violently and driving with an invalid license. A Miami judge set a trial date of March 3rd, in which Bieber’s attorney has filed a written plea of not guilty. The 19 year-old Canadian pop star was arrested on the 23rd of January following an early morning traffic stop for illegal drag racing. According to police reports, Bieber and R&B singer, Khalil Amir Sharieef, were taking part in an illegal drag race in separate high-end sports cars. Sharieff was also arrested on a DUI charge.
Bieber’s bond is $1,000 for the DUI, $1,000 for resisting arrest and $500 for the expired license. The police pulled over Bieber’s yellow Lamborghini and found the pop star to have bloodshot eyes and a smell of alcohol about him, and other signs that indicated he was impaired at the time. Bieber was said to be belligerent at the time of his arrest but was said to be cooperative once he was questioned at the police station.
Breath tests showed that Bieber’s blood alcohol content was below the .02 threshold for underage drivers, but police say that a toxicology test detected the presence of marijuana and Xanax in his system. A Miami police spokesman said that Bieber admitted to having smoked Marijuana and taken prescription medication, all of which may have contributed to his state of impairment.
Edward Prutschi, the legal analyst for NewsTalk1010 and criminal lawyer at Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman, discusses the seriousness of legal battles that the world-famous pop star could potentially face. Mr. Prutschi says that criminally speaking, the charges against Bieber are probably not very serious although the impaired charge is the most serious of them. Prutschi, a criminal lawyer who also specializes in extradition matters, says that these charges may not be the biggest hurdle for Bieber. Bieber is not an American citizen, and if convicted, may face difficulties when it comes to reviewing his immigration and visa status in America and these charges may throw a wrench in being able to perform in the United States.
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