Justin Bieber reaches plea deal in Miami Beach DUI arrest

By Associated Press
Peter Burke, Managing Editor, pburke@local10.com
John Turchin, Crime Specialist, jturchin@local10.com
Published On: Aug 13 2014 06:27:47 AM EDT
Updated On: Aug 13 2014 06:27:00 PM EDT

Bieber was ordered to make a charitable donation and complete an anger management course among other things as part of his plea deal

MIAMI -

Pop star Justin Bieber has accepted a plea deal stemming from his Miami Beach arrest that will keep him from serving any prison time.

The 20-year-old singer pleaded guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest without violence charges, rather than the original driving under the influence charge.

Bieber also agreed to take an anger management course, pay a $500 fine, compete a victim impact program and make a $50,000 charitable donation, in addition to paying court-ordered fines.

"I hope that he realizes that his actions not only lead to consequences that effect him, but they lead to consequences that lead to others who are looking up to him as a role model," Judge Bill Altfield said.

Bieber was arrested in January after what police described as an illegal street race.

"The strengths and weaknesses of the case motivated everyone to seek this appropriate resolution," Miami-Dade County state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement. "The ultimate purpose of the Miami Beach Police Department's initial traffic stop was to end some rash juvenile type conduct before a tragedy occurred.  The intervention and counseling parts of the plea should provide a pathway toward adult responsibility."

Bieber did not attend the hearing.

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