Justin Bieber avoids jail time in Miami plea deal
Could it be? Is Justin Bieber manning up?
Not likely, but The Maple One did plead guilty to charges of careless driving and resisting arrest on Wednesday, finally putting an end to the legal drama that began in January when he drove a Lamborghini all crazy like through the streets of Miami Beach in what police called an illegal drag race.
According to the Associated Press, the judge who accepted the Boyfriend singer’s plea gave the Biebs — who naturally had better things to do than actually show up — a good old fashioned lecture.
“I hope that he realizes that his actions not only lead to consequences that affect him but they lead to consequences that affect others that are looking up to him as a role model,” Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said. “He just hopefully will get the message. He will grow up. He will use his talents positively for young persons.”
“We will turn this into a positive experience,” Bieber attorney Howard Srebnick vowed. “We’re relieved that it’s over.”
The deal includes a 12-hour anger management course, a $50,000 charitable contribution already made to a local children’s organization and a $500 fine. In exchange, Bieber will avoid a DUI conviction and jail time. The charge of driving with an expired license was dropped when the Beauty and the Beat singer proved his license was valid.
Bieber was arrested early Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after police accused him of participating in an illegal street race in an upscale residential neighborhood. Cops said Bieber and his rented Lambo were racing a Ferrari driven by R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff.
Neither was charged with drag racing, and there was little evidence they were even exceeding the speed limit.