Following the arrest Thursday in Miami, Justin Bieber did the ‘home coming queen’ wave to his fans while leaving his several hour stay in jail. Bieber’s bail was set at $2,500 after he had reportedly drag-raced while under the influence down a Miami Beach street. The street used for the race is a residential four-lane street that is lined with palm trees on the grass median. Small apartment buildings line one side of the street while the other side maintains a high school, golf course, city firehouse and a youth center. Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest, driving with an expired license and he was also charged with a DUI.
The young star was arrested following the police watching him speed in a yellow Lamborghini around 4:09 a.m. down a residential street. Police clocked him going up to 60 mph in a 30 mph zone. Police claimed Bieber smelled of alcohol and was not cooperative when he was initially pulled over. According to the police, Bieber did admit later that he had been smoking marijuana, drinking and taking prescription medicine.
The report upon his arrest claimed Bieber’s movements were deliberately slow and he had a confused look when he was ordered to get out of his vehicle by the officer. After he constantly refused to put his hands on the vehicle so he could be patted down for a weapon, the 19-year-old was placed under arrest. He was then taken to the station for a breathalyzer test, in which the results have not been released.
The Florida law states that people who are under 21 will be considered to be driving under the influence if their blood-alcohol content is .02 percent or more. This level could be reached if Bieber has just one drink. In Florida, a first DUI offense has no minimum sentence, but a maximum of 6 months in jail, 50 hours of community service as well as a fine for $250-$500. There is an automatic license suspension for six months if the person is under 21. As for the drag racing, a first conviction can carry a sentence of up to six months in jail, license suspension for one year and a fine of $500-$1,000.
Bieber’s fans began to get worried that these charges would interfere with his immigration status. It is known that if someone with Bieber’s type of visa gets in to trouble with the law, the visa will be revoked sending that person back to their own country. Fortunately for Bieber, authorities don’t revoke someone’s visa unless a violent crime has been committed or they have been sentenced to more than a year in prison.
In the same incident, R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff was arrested as well for driving a Ferrari while under the influence. The two singers were sporting bright red jail fatigues as they appeared in court via a video link from the jail. As defense attorney Roy Black negotiated the bond, the two remained silent. Black was hoping this case would proceed as any other case would in light of Bieber’s fame.
This is not the first time Bieber’s been in trouble with the law and it doesn’t seem like it will be his last. On top of this case, he is also still under investigation for felony vandalism after his neighbor claimed that the 19-year-old was throwing eggs at his house causing thousands of dollars in damage. There were almost a dozen detectives going through Bieber’s home searching for anything that could help pursue the vandalism charge.
On top of everything, it has been reported that Bieber is being sued by his former bodyguard. The former bodyguard claimed that the singer had hit him in the chest, repeatedly berated him, and is in debt to him for over $420,000 in wages. The trial is scheduled to be in L.A. next month.
Bieber showed no remorse while leaving the jail after his several hour stay. It has been claimed that Bieber was carrying almost the exact amount of money needed to bail himself out. His publicist, Melissa Victor, has not offered a comment on Bieber’s recent activity.
By: Anjulina MaComber