Penalties Justin Bieber Could Face For A First-Time DUI Offense

After getting arrested for a DUI, what penalties could Justin Bieber face?

Drinking and driving is dangerous, no matter who is behind the wheel. Whether you are an adult with years and years of driving experience, someone who has just recently turned 21 and is still trying to understand their limits, or even a notable celebrity figure, the danger and seriousness of drinking and driving is the same.

Justin Bieber, the 19-year-old pop sensation that is a staple in celebrity culture headlines, is finding out the seriousness of a DUI charge first hand today, as he was arrested early in the morning on Thursday, January 23rd for driving while intoxicated, paired with resisting arrest and drag racing, according to popular celebrity news site, TMZ.com. 1

Bieber had reportedly been in Miami, Florida for a few days, where he posted pictures of himself skateboarding and hitting the beach on his Instagram profile. However, on the evening of Wednesday, January 22nd, he was photographed partying at a Miami nightclub called SET Nightclub, shortly before jumping into a rented yellow Lamborghini and driving through a residential neighborhood, according to TMZ.com. 1 He then was reportedly caught drag racing down the street, driving between 55 and 60 MPH in a residential area, according to the police report. 2

Law enforcement officials also put in the police report that they “immediately smelled an odor of alcohol emanating from the drivers breath and bloodshot eyes.” It was later said in a news conference by officials that “[Justin] made statements he had consumed some alcohol, been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication.” 1

Miami Beach Police spokesman Sgt. Bobby Hernandez told NBC Miami that Bieber failed a field sobriety test that was given to him at the scene. Bieber was also driving on an expired license at the time. 3

Given that Bieber is not of legal drinking age, there were multiple factors that lead to his arrest, and it is a first-time DUI offense, there may be a number of different penalties that he could face for this arrest. Penalties that someone in a similar situation may face if this arrest occurred in the Dallas area include:

  • A 60-day drivers license suspension
  • A minimum of 20 hours in community service
  • Up to $500 in fines
  • Mandatory alcohol-awareness classes

These charges would occur without taking into account the expired license, the speeding that occurred while drag racing, or the resisting arrest charges. These different charges may lead to further penalties.

However, if this arrest were to have occurred in Dallas, and someone who was under 21-years-old was caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) OF 0.08% or higher (Bieber’s BAC has not been released at this time), they would be faced with similar penalties as a 21-year-old who was arrested for drinking and driving. Those include:

  • A 90-day to 1 year drivers license suspension
  • Up to $2,000 in DWI fines
  • Possibly 72 hours to 180 days in jail

While none of these penalties are said to be what Bieber may face with his DUI arrest (the story is still developing), they are what someone in a similar situation may be faced with if this arrest occurred in Dallas.

If you or someone you know was faced with a similar charge for driving under the influence, whether it was your first-offense DWI, or second or third-offense, be sure that you are contacting an experienced DWI attorney to help you with your case. The attorneys at The Wilder Firm have a proven record of winning and are ready to help you take action against your Dallas DWI arrest.

Sources:

1: TMZ.com – http://www.tmz.com/2014/01/23/justin-bieber-arrested-dui-drunk-driving-m…

2: TMZ.com – http://tmz.vo.llnwd.net/o28/newsdesk/tmz_documents/0123_bieber_police_re…

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