Justin Bieber's DUI Trial Moved To July
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.24.2014
His attorney asked for it...
Billboard reports that Justin Bieber's DUI trial was delayed until July 7 yesterday after his attorney Roy black asked for a 60-day delay from the previous May 5 date. His lawyers wanted more time to examine evidence and talk about a possible plea deal. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield extended the postponement to July, adding: "I want to give everyone plenty of time."
Bieber was not present at yesterday's hearing. Prosecutors Daniel Diaz-Balart and Juan Perez didn't have a problem with the delay.
Bieber was arrested on January 23 in Miami Beach for what police said was an illegal street drag race between Bieber's rented Lamborghini and a Ferrari driven by R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff. Neither man was charged with drag racing but were hit with DUI charges. Bieber was also charged with resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired license. Both pleaded not guilty, although Bieber told police at the time he was smoking marijuana that night. Alcohol breath tests showed Bieber's level below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers. Urine tests showed marijuana and Xanax in his system. A video of police sobriety tests showed Bieber walking awkwardly.
Black said if the case goes to trial, he would challenge some of the tests and results. He didn't provide any details. He said: "There are some serious matters regarding the testing."
He told the judge that one reason the case is moving slowly is that decisions have to be made at the "executive suite" level with Bieber's team. Many defendants like Bieber usually accept plea deals, as trials mean harsher punishments including jail time.
Black said it was too early to decide for Bieber. He added: "Those decisions have not been made."