Justin Bieber rejects plea deal for January DUI arrest

The New York Daily News reports that Florida prosecutors have offered a deal for Justin Bieber’s driving under the influence charge but his legal team has decided not to accept it. Under the plea agreement, Justin Bieber would have had his driving under the influence (DUI) charges dropped for his January DUI arrest if he agreed to perform forty hours of community service, attend alcohol abuse classes and submit to random drug testing.

Justin Bieber

Bieber would also be expected to attend a victim impact panel where he would have been required to hear stories from families who have had a loved ones killed or injured from the dangerous actions of a drunk driver. He would also have had to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicles for at least three months.

The Canadian born pop star would have also had to deal with what some are calling the “constant threat of probation.” The constant threat of probation may not worry some of us, but for the Biebs this could be a real buzz kill since he has been making headlines for the last several months in countries throughout the world for a variety of outrageous actions.

What happened to Justin Bieber?

 

Justin Bieber, 19, was arrested in January for driving under the influence of drugs and resisting arrest. Justin Bieber’s attorneys have also requested that videos from the night of the DUI arrest be sealed.

According to a report from TMZ, “Miami police have already released one video of the pop star’s arrest, showing the 19-year-old getting a pat down at the station.” Other videos show him in various states of undress, having trouble taking DUI tests which were required at the police station, and being frisked by Florida police after he was arrested for DUI, drag-racing and driving with an invalid license on January of this year.

Should Justin Bieber plead guilty?

 

Although Justin Bieber rejected the plea deal because he didn’t want to submit to random drugs tests, the prosecution may have a strong case against him. Not only do they have video evidence of the DUI arrest, they also have positive drug tests that he was under the influence of alcohol, pot and Xanax when police stopped him for drag racing in Miami Beach.

Add that to the confession from Bieber where he stated, “Yeah, we were smoking all night at the studio,” and other evidence from officers at the scene including statements that Bieber was “excited,” “talkative,” “insulting,” “cocky” and “used profanity.” Bieber also was said to have mumbled speech, a flushed face, bloodshot eyes, and dilated pupils- all physical signs of intoxication.

Last but not least, Justin Bieber failed sobriety tests given at the police station and a breathalyzer test failing with a BAC of .011 and .014. Florida’s legal limit for drivers under the drinking age of 21 is .02.

Sounds like it’s time to take the deal.

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Beth L. is a content developer for LeadRival, a cutting edge company that helps connect DUI lawyers with DUI clients. Beth L. writes about a variety of DUI topics to help drivers who have been arrested for DUI, getting them the legal help they need.