It was fortunate for Justin Bieber that his DUI arrest occurred in Florida and not Illinois; Florida requires that a motorist be impaired due to consumption of marijuana in order to be found guilty whereas Illinois only requires the presence of cannabis in one’s blood, breath or urine. This made all the difference for Bieber, because while there was evidence that he had consumed marijuana, there was insufficient proof that his consumption actually impaired his driving. As a result, his attorneys were able to obtain for him a plea deal that resulted in reduction of the charges from DUI to careless driving. He also plead guilty to resisting arrest.
From ABC news:
Justin Bieber’s lawyers have agreed to a plea deal in his Miami DUI case from January.
The singer, 20, who was booked seven months ago on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest without violence, must attend 12 hours of anger management classes, pay a $500 fine, complete a YouImpact program in which he’ll meet people whose lives were changed by drunk drivers, and pay court costs.
In return, his lawyers agreed he’d plead guilty to resisting arrest without violence. The DUI charge was reduced to “careless driving,” to which Bieber also pleaded guilty. His charge of driving with an expired license was dropped, and he now has a valid driver’s license…
Bieber reached another plea deal last month in his misdemeanor vandalism case stemming from an egging incident back in January. According to that plea deal, Bieber was ordered to serve two years probation, perform five days of community service and pay more than $80,000 in fines.
He also has to take a separate anger-management course.