Bieber ‘preparing for DUI trial’
Justin Bieber is due to appear in court May 5 for driving offences he allegedly committed in January.
The 20-year-old Canadian singer has been charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an invalid licence in Miami, Florida.
His trial was originally set for March 3, but it was postponed as his lawyers battled with news organisations over the release of jailhouse footage capturing Justin urinating for a drug test.
During a hearing Tuesday, the courts decided to begin proceedings May 5, and the singer’s attorney Roy Black confirms Justin is ready for due process.
“All we’re going to say is, we’re going to prepare for a trial and that Mr. Bieber has pleaded not guilty,” Black told reporters, according to Page Six.
Normally first offenders for DUI receive plea deals to avoid jail time, but according to Justin’s counsel there have been no offers on the table.
Last week footage of the star peeing in a cup behind bars was released, although his private parts were blurred out. Video from a deposition he was interviewed in last Thursday on a separate assault case involving his bodyguard was also made public. In this hearing Justin demanded prosecution stop asking him about rumoured girlfriend Selena Gomez, and his attorney thinks this line of questioning, “had nothing to do with the case”.
Black also anticipates his client’s trial will likely be marred by an invasion of privacy.
“He has absolutely no privacy,” the attorney told journalists. “There’s absolutely no protection for somebody like Justin.”
The pop star was arrested in Miami on January 23 after police say they caught the singer drag racing on a residential street.
The Washington Post reports Justin’s tests showed his blood alcohol content was below the .02 limit for underage drivers, but other analysis proved Xanax and marijuana was present in his system. However, Miami-Dade County has a zero-tolerance policy.
The star has also faces allegations of assault in Toronto, Canada, and last November he was charged with illegally spray-painting graffiti in Rio de Janeiro by Brazilian police.
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