Justin Bieber avoids jail time, will take anger management course

Justin Bieber has reportedly struck a plea deal in relation to his DUI arrest in South Florida earlier this year.

The Canadian singer is expected to plead guilty to the lesser charges of careless driving and resisting an officer without violence, thereby avoiding jail time.

In exchange for the DUI charge being dropped, the 20-year-old will have to take an anger management course and make a $50,000 charitable donation, in addition to paying court fines, reports the Miami Herald.

The 12-hour anger management course will be attended privately and feature online videos that depict the stories of real-life DUI cases.

The “Baby” singer is not expected to appear at the hearing, which is to be held on Wednesday afternoon.

Justin was arrested in the early hours of Jan. 23 for driving under the influence and drag racing in Miami Beach in a rented Lamborghini, with R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff, who was driving a Ferrari.

Miami Beach Police tweeted confirmation of the news shortly afterwards, stating “#BreakingNews confirming @justinbieber has been arrested for DUI & Drag Racing more info & press release coming.”

An hour later, the Twitter account added that singer Khalil had also been arrested for drag racing.

Justin has had his fair share of brushes with the law this year.

In July, another case involving the star was resolved when the singer pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour vandalism charge for throwing eggs at his neighbour’s home, also in January.

As well as sentencing him to two years’ probation, California’s court ordered Justin to pay $80,900 in damages, serve five days of community service and complete an anger management programme.

Meanwhile, in Toronto he faces allegations that he assaulted a limousine driver in December. The case has been adjourned until Sept. 8.

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