Sunday, February 23, 2014

Justin Bieber to reject MIami plea bargain deal over random drug testing requirement

Justin Bieber will reject a plea bargain he has been offered in his Miami DUI case, TMZ reported early on Sunday. The proposed deal had been leaked, though not publicly announced, also by TMZ 24 hours earlier.

The deal that had been offered to Bieber said the following:

Prosecutors would drop the DUI and resisting arrest charges, but in return Bieber would have had to:
  • Plead no contest to reckless driving
  • Complete 40 hours of community service
  • Attend an alcohol education course
  • Attend a "victim impact panel" (where relatives of DUI victims share their stories)
  • Install an ignition interlock device for three months
  • Random drug testing
Guess which of those requirements did not set well with Bieber?  You guessed it, the random drug testing.

To be clear, he also has an issue with the alcohol education class. Sources say he fears becoming a spectacle. What is clear from the reaction to his arrests is that any public education class would be mobbed by fans.

Finally, he is also against any deal that includes probation, though we have trouble seeing how any would not.

Bieber and his camp feel they have a good case against the prosecutors. As noted by many sites, there are a number of issues with the case. For one, they believe the police report had what TMZ said were lies.

As an example, it said Bieber reeked of alcohol while he blew only a 0.014 -- not a 0.14; read carefully. The drag race portion of the report has been disputed by GPS records showing 27 MPH during the "race."

Sources connected to Bieber tell TMZ ... there are several reasons they aren't buying what prosecutors are selling. First, there are huge problems with the case -- they believe the cop lied when he said Bieber reeked of booze (he only blew a .014), and he was also lying about observing Bieber drag race -- the GPS device registered a very reasonable 27 MPH.

It is said, however, that Bieber is open to a deal, just not this deal.

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