A plea deal is in the works that could keep Justin Bieber from serving jail time in connection with a January DUI arrest in Miami Beach. NBC 6's Willard Shepard reports.
International pop superstar Justin Bieber may have escaped any major jail time after he was arrested earlier this year on DUI and other charges.
Sources told NBC 6 that a deal has been worked out between prosecutors and Bieber’s defense team that would be entered into later in June or in July. The deal would end the case for Bieber, who was originally arrested in January.
Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach after he was pulled over while he was driving a yellow Lamborghini. Officers said he was preparing to drag race and in on condition to be behind the wheel.
His arrest set off a media firestorm that included a fight over what jailhouse videos of Bieber could be published. He was officially charged with resisting arrest without violence, DUI, and driving with an expired license.
Sources told NBC 6 that Bieber would plead guilty to reckless driving, have to pay a fine, and attend anger management classes, but he would not be put on probation. Sources said the deal would not require Bieber to perform any other community service like public service announcements, but that could change as well.
Under Florida law, the penalty for reckless driving can include jail time up to 90 days and a fine between $25 and $500, or both. By the letter of the law, the court could put him behind bars, unless no jail is also part of the plea deal.
Sources couldn’t confirm if no jail was included in the plea deal. The state attorney’s office in Miami and Bieber’s lawyer in Miami have not commented on the reported deal.