A hearing to determine whether Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence (DUI),resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired licence has been postponed by a Miami-Dade county court judge, after requests from lawyers on both sides.
The postponement was made in a hearing held today, August 5. The judge moved the next hearing to August 13 at 1:30 pm.
At the now rescheduled hearing, both sides will tell the judge whether they have been able to agree on a plea deal, or whether the 20-year-old will be tried on misdemeanor charges on all three counts.
Bieber was previously arrested just after 4 am on January 23 in Miami Beach, Florida, after what police described as an illegal street race between the singer and a friend, R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff. Both were 19 at the time.
Justin drove a rented yellow Lamborghini. Sharieff, a red Ferrari.
In the end, neither young man was charged with drag racing.
Shortly after his arrest, Breathalyzer tests found Bieber’s blood alcohol level below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers. But urine analysis showed the singer tested positive for trace of marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax.
It’s unknown whether Bieber will attend next week’s hearing, the Associated Press reports.
The case arose following an accusation that the singer egged his former neighbor’s home in Calabasas, California on January 9, reportedly causing $20,000 damages due to expensive plaster and imported wood exterior.
At the sentencing, the judge ordered Bieber to pay $80,900 in restitution to the neighbors.
He was also ordered to complete 12 weeks of anger management, five days of community service and stay away from the neighbors for two years.
Bieber has also been charged with assault in Toronto, over an incident involving the alleged assault of a limousine driver last December.
The singer’s lawyers previously stated he is innocent of the assault charge.
In addition to these still-to-be resolved criminal cases, Bieber is a defendant in a number of civil lawsuits.
The singer was recently judge-ordered to attend a second deposition in a lawsuit filed by a paparazzo named Jeffrey Binion.
The photog alleges Bieber ordered his bodyguards to confront him, after he took snaps of the singer outside a Miami recording studio on June 5, 2013.
Bieber is also being sued by paparazzo Jose Duran, over an alleged assault in May 2012. The photog alleges the singer kicked and punched him in Calabasas, California.