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Justin Bieber Pleads Guilty to Careless Driving in Miami

Singer avoids jail time, but is ordered to take anger management course and make $50,000 charitable donation

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Justin Bieber has agreed to plead guilty to a pair of misdemeanor charges as the result of an alleged drag-racing incident that occurred near Miami Beach, Florida, in January. The AP reports that as part of the plea agreement, Bieber will make a $50,000 charitable contribution, pay a $500 fine and take part in a private 12-hour anger-management course.

The Miami New Times adds that Bieber will be required to watch a series of videos about the consequences of drunk driving. Bieber’s defense attorney Mark Shapiro informed the judge during sentencing that Bieber had already made the $50,000 donation to a Miami children’s charity.

Bieber, behind the wheel of a yellow Lamborghini, was initially charged with driving under the influence and drag racing. While it was initially reported that the trouble-making singer failed two Breathalyzer tests at the time of his January 23rd arrest, it was later revealed that his blood alcohol level was actually below the legal limit, but a urine test revealed traces of marijuana and Xanax.

The plea means Bieber will avoid a severe DUI punishment by instead pleading guilty to the lesser charges of careless driving and resisting arrest. Bieber was also originally charged with driving without a valid license, but when he later proved he did have one, that charge was dropped.

Bieber did not attend his sentencing. “I hope that [Bieber] realizes that his actions not only lead to consequences that affect him but…affect others that are looking up to him as a role model,” Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said during the proceeding. “He just hopefully will get the message. He will grow up. He will use his talents positively for young persons.”

While Bieber has managed to avoid jail time after his recent run-ins with the law, it hasn’t come cheap: Last month, Bieber was ordered to pay $80,000 in damages after pleading no contest in a misdemeanor vandalism after egging his neighbor’s Calabasas, California home. The singer also has two outstanding lawsuits against him for assaults on a limo driver in Toronto and a photographer in Miami.

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