MIAMI, USA – Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber will be arraigned on Valentine’s Day before a Florida judge after his recent run-in with the law for driving under the influence, a state attorney’s office source said Tuesday, January 28.
Bieber, however, may not be required to attend the February 14 arraignment in Miami-Dade County, which will allow prosecutors to present the charges against him, which also include resisting arrest and using an expired driver’s license.
Although defendants typically make a plea at arraignments, Bieber’s lawyer may be able to file in writing.
Bieber’s lawyer, Roy Black, of Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf, did not respond to Agence France-Presse’s request as to whether the Canadian star would be present.
Bieber, 19, was arrested on January 23 in Miami Beach after police caught him drag racing – allegedly after drinking and smoking marijuana.
The young star was detained for 8 hours before being released on a $2,500 bond.
Police said Bieber was driving a rented yellow Lamborghini in a residential area when he was arrested in the wee hours of the morning racing rapper Khalil Amir Sharieff in a red Ferrari.
Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told reporters that Bieber was incoherent at the time of his arrest, and was unable to produce a valid driver’s license.
The Canadian singer’s newest run-in is the latest in a string of incidents to have tarnished the young star’s image.
Bieber was already under investigation for allegedly hurling eggs at a neighbor’s house in Los Angeles – an incident that led police to search his mansion, where they seized illicit drugs and arrested one of his associates.
He also attracted criticism on a recent tour of Australia after allegedly spraying graffiti on a hotel wall, following a string of similar events in Latin America last year. – Rappler.com