Justin Bieber was released from a Miami jail on Thursday morning following his arrest for driving under the influence, driving on an expired license and resisting arrest. Law enforcement say they stopped Bieber while he was drag racing down a Miami Beach street in the early morning hours.
Law enforcement stated that they initially pulled him over for speeding down a residential street, but started the DUI investigation after the arresting officer “immediately smelled a strong odor of alcohol” coming from Bieber’s person. At issue is the fact that Bieber’s blood alcohol level only measured 0.014%, and not the 0.04% that was claimed by law enforcement sources. While any blood alcohol level over 0.00% is illegal for someone under 21 years old, there is a big difference between 0.04% and 0.014%. Additionally, the discrepancy between the reported number and actual number is a major issue when it comes down to police officer credibility and whether or not the entire police report is accurate.
Police claim that Bieber admitted to smoking marijuana, taking prescription medication and drinking after being arrested.
In Florida, persons under the age of 21 are considered driving under the influence if they have a blood alcohol concentration of .02% or more, plus an automatic 6 month license suspension.
In California, if you are under 21 years old and your blood alcohol level is above .05%, you are facing a DUI misdemeanor charge and an automatic 1 year license suspension. If your blood alcohol level is below .05%, this charge is an infraction but still carries the automatic 1 year license suspension.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for driving under the influence, it is crucial to contact attorney Ross Erlich as soon as possible. You only have 10 days from the date of arrest to contact the DMV and request a hearing or have your license suspended automatically.
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