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Justin Bieber Detained and Released by Customs Officials

Justin Bieber Mug Shot

Justin Bieber Mug Shot

Canadian pop-singer Justin Bieber was detained and questioned upon reentry to the United States after and Asian trip (he is a U.S. resident). They are calling routine secondary questioning, but it is clearly a result of his ongoing legal issues. Frankly, as he hasn’t been convicted of anything, they were probably more concerned that he might be transporting drugs into the country, after news reports claimed that he has taken marijuana-saturated plane trips in recent weeks. I still doubt that Bieber is going to have to worry about deportation, though it has happened to other foreigners, such as singer Boy George, who had a false imprisonment conviction. Apparently George has been granted permission to return for upcoming performances after a decade of inadmissibility.

Justin Bieber Could Be Deported

  • Criminal charges can lead to deportation, even for people living here legally


Justin Bieber Mug Shot

Justin Bieber Mug Shot

CNN takes a look at the possibility of Justin Bieber being deported, as does the International Business Times. They suggest he’s receiving special treatment, but there’s no indication of that. He hasn’t been convicted of anything, so it would be unlikely for them to commence deportation proceedings. And the article is correct that he could have deportation consequences for a plea deal, but he likely won’t take a deal that would have such consequences. Instead, they will try to work out a deal that doesn’t have immigration ramifications, such as avoiding drug possesssion charges, or crimes involving moral turpitude. Justin Bieber is not worried about getting deported at this point.

The CNN article brings up a point that may surprise many people: President Obama’s administration has deported more people than any other president. They refer to him as the “deporter-in-chief”. The increased aggressiveness of the immigration officials has certainly affected the way criminal defense attorneys approach cases when an immigrant is charged, even on minor offenses and when they are legal residents.

New Bieber Video Does Not Look Like a Race

Footage of Bieber's Car

Footage of Bieber’s Car

Decide for yourself, but this video shared by CNN does not appear to be a “contest of speed” as described in the police report. This could be BEFORE the alleged drag race occurred, though the cops already appear to be on their tails. The video is time stamped 4:09 a.m., and the police indicate the race occurred at 4:11, though time stamps are not always accurate. According to the cop, this would have to be after, because he indicates the officer who spotted the race had to make a U-Turn and catch up. On the full video from CBS Miami, you can see the cop passes a car and appears to be trying to catch up to the Bieber-led group. But if he was pursuing a race, why aren’t his lights on?

This could be a moot discussion, as Bieber has not been charged with racing at this time, and the cops could initiate a stop base on speed, even if there is no racing involved. Still, it adds a wrinkle. Also, in looking at the times, the cop claims to make his arrest at 4:13, just 2 minutes after the race. That’s pretty fast to find the car, pull Bieber out, and for Bieber to resist him. We know he skipped intermiate steps, like asking Bieber for a license, but the timeline is definitely questionable.

UPDATE (of sorts): In case you didn’t see my earlier post, with a link to the police report, you can read that here: https://crimcourts.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/what-did-bieber-blow/

What Did Bieber Blow?

Justin Bieber Mug Shot

Justin Bieber Mug Shot

Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami the other day and charged with DUI, Resisting an Officer, and Driving on an Expired License. These are all criminal charges in Florida, albeit misdemeanors. There was evidence of racing, which is also a criminal charge, though he has not been charged with racing at this time. Racing charges are notoriously hard to prove. Gawker has obtained the police report, and you can read it online (warning, lots of F-bombs).

Possibly Bieber's Expired DL, unverified

Possibly Bieber’s Expired DL, unverified

Something that jumped out on the police report is that the officer indicates he asked Bieber to submit to a breath test, and that Bieber agreed to do so. However, he did not include the results of the breath test on the probable cause affidavit obtained by Gawker. That’s odd. It’s not required to be in there, but you’d think if he had an unlawful breath alcohol level, that the officer would want to include that. Bieber then apparently submitted to a drug screen, which generally doesn’t reveal results until it comes back from the lab (if they had done merely a presumptive field test, it would not be admissible in court in Florida). I want to know what Bieber blew on the breathalyzer test: this DUI may not be going anywhere. The resisting is kind of thin, especially since the DUI arrest is pretty thin. The officer did not do field sobriety exercises until AFTER he had charged Bieber.

There has been some debate whether Bieber would be deported if, which is unlikely, even if convicted. However, deportation could become a problem if he is charged and convicted with a felony for the criminal mischief/vandalism charge he has been investigated for in California. That sounds silly: his neighbor’s house was egged. But the neighbor is claiming thousands of dollars in damage, which could make it a serious charge.

Normally, I follow these things, but it’s Bieber, and it’s silly, so I’m not going to make that promise this time.

UPDATE: MTV is reporting Bieber only blew .011 and .014, below the legal limit for DUI. Note, Florida has an administrave policy requiring a driving suspension for those under 21 if they have BAC (Breath Alcohol Content) greater than .02, which Bieber did not. Unless there is something on the drug screen, the state will probably not file on the DUI charge.