Posted: 11:37 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Can Justin Bieber escape a possible DUI conviction with some simple court ordered monitoring?
It’s true thanks to a first time offender program that’s available to him, but TMZ is reporting that he turned down a plea bargain and is going to court.
RumorFix spoke to the State’s Attorney’s Office in Miami and they have a program available to first time offenders called “Back On Track.” The program is available to anyone whose DUI incident did not involve any injury, didn’t involve a wreck or another crime, and if the person has a clean driving record.
The punishment would include alcohol awareness classes, fines, community service, the use of a vehicle interlock ignition breathalyzer device and random drug testing. If all of that is completed in under a year, the defendant’s record is reduced to a lesser charge of a wreckless driving conviction.
Having a DUI conviction on one’s record can reduce one’s ability to work and travel, as some countries don’t even allow someone convicted of a DUI into the country. For someone who tours the world as much as Bieber does, the wreckless driving offense is a much preferable option than possibly being convicted of a full DUI.
Sounds like a pretty easy way to avoid the consequences of a full DUI charge punishment, right?
Well, it also comes with court ordered monthly random drug tests. Something that the weed-loving Bieber probably wouldn’t go for.
Justin’s DUI case is still ongoing, and no plea deals have been worked out yet. This is just one option Bieber has to get out of the situation without going to court.