The Pragmatic Lawyer's Viewpoint on Bieber
THC + Xanax + Beer + Fame + Lambo + Youth =
FUN and Problems
I don't know what holds my fascination with Justin Bieber more, his continued downward spiral or my thoughts on his legal issues? Well, the facts are not good, Justin was alleged to have driven while impaired by drugs (toxicology report shows THC and Xanax) in Florida. He hired one of the best if not the best criminal defense attorneys in Miami, Roy Black. But even with the amazing Mr. Black he is in for a rough climb out of this hole.
Factors Against Justin Bieber's DUI Charges
1. Justin is under 21.
2. Justin is a Canadian Citizen.
3. Justin has DUI criminal charges (both common law and potentially per se, based upon drugs).
4. Justin is so popular and in the spotlight (famous) no jury or judge could truly just rule based upon the evidence. see below to a link to the best understanding of the actually facts of this case by Attorney
Justin McShane, he is a renowned blood/breath expert.
5. Justin had an expired Georgia driver's license (Why Georgia? He lives in California?) Is this good for taxes or something?
As an aside, how do they rent a Lamborghini to Justin (under age 21) with an expired Georgia driver's license? How do they rent this car to him if they smell him reeking of pot?
If Justin would have hurt someone with that car the rental car company would have a lot to answer for.
Anyway, Justin has already been tried a million times in the eyes of the public. With all of his past alleged hijinks and bad behavior no one is looking out for the Bieber except his young fans. These young fans will likely not be members on his jury.
On the facts and the science Justin has plenty of great legal and factual defenses.
See one of the best DUI lawyers (if not the best) in PA Justin McShane's explanation of the science behind Justin Bieber's case here:
The Big But:
but finding a fair and impartial jury would IMO be next to impossible. This case will likely plea out with many conditions (obligations) for Mr. Bieber. Pragmatically it will hopefully help him with his long standing, and increasing personal and public issues.
Justin Will Face Administrative (license) Issues in Multiple States (or countries)
On top of all his criminal issues he will have another pressing issue, administrative license sanctions (punishments). Justin loves high end sports cars. This is evidenced by the ones he drives both quickly in his California neighborhood, and even while vacationing in Miami. Can anyone say, Lambo!
|Sweet ride but without a license, it will sit.|
Anyway, Justin's wings (his driving privileges) will likely be clipped for quite a long time for a number of reasons.
One: his age (under 21);
Two: his admission to a substances abuse problem;
Three: the lower standard of proof for license hearings (civil not criminal).
With his Georgia license, he will be off the road for awhile, having to go through multiple programs.
Administrative (license) Penalties are Doubled
Anyone with a license from another state or jurisdiction will likely face multiple license hits on a DUI/DWI. It does not violate double jeopardy (to be tried for the same crime twice) because it is against a license (a privilege).
From Georgia DDS (department of driver services) = GA DMV
Other Common Suspensions
Under 21 Years of Age Suspension
Originally, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. My father was a NYS corrections officer, and my mother a waitress. I now live in Ithaca, NY with my wife (of 25 years), and four kids. I have a B.S. in Human Biology, Doctorates in Law and Chiropractic, and a Post Graduate in Acupuncture. I practiced as a Chiropractic Physician in Florida from 1986 to 1995. I graduated law school in 1997, and went on to practice trial law in FL, NY, NJ, and PA. I love practicing criminal defense and injury law within the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.Over 90% of the cases that I take on are New York DWI defense cases. I am certified as a breath tester by the Department of Transportation, the guidelines of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). I am certified in Field Sobriety Tests, and an active member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD). My online materials include over 450 blog posts, dozens of articles, and over 440 informative videos on my youtube channel.I have co-authored Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, in both 2011 and 2013. These are West Thomson legal manuals on New York State DWI defense, and focus on the best practices for other lawyers handling a New York DWI case. Included in Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York are materials I provide clients, such as my fee agreement and ways to avoid misdemeanor probation. I was selected by Super Lawyers as a Upstate New York 2013 Rising Star in DWI/DUI Defense based on my experience, contributions, and professional firstname.lastname@example.orgReviews of Larry Newman:Chosen as a 2013 Rising Star in DWI/DUI in Upstate New York by Super LawyersSuper Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.