Shouldn’t Beiber Be Getting An Interlock For His Florida DUI?

Florida-DUIIf you think Justin Beiber’s latest court update sounds a little like someone getting away with driving under the influence (DUI), you aren’t alone. Although ‘Beliebers’ everywhere are probably happy their favorite celebrity will not be doing jail time, his recent plea to a lesser charge after his Florida DUI arrest shows that yet another celebrity can skirt the law of the land when it comes to drinking and driving.

Beiber pled guilty this past week to the lesser charge of misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest without violence instead of the charge driving under the influence. In addition to paying court ordered fines, he will also take a 12-hour anger management course, make a $50,000 charitable donation, and will be required to watch online videos showing the outcome of real drinking and driving cases.

To the average person, it might sound like Beiber’s punishment fits the crime. But if you brush up on Florida DUI laws, you know the fact that he chose to drink and drive means he should have received stiffer penalties overall. Beiber is only 20 years old, and Florida has a zero tolerance law for people under the age of 21. If they’re caught drinking and driving with as little as a .02 blood alcohol level, they’ll have their license immediately suspended. Beiber could also have received up to six months jail time, community service of 50 hours, and may have had to install an ignition interlock in any vehicle he drives upon receiving a restricted license.

The Canadian celebrity’s case is a great example of celebrities skirting the law and walking away from a DUI charge. It’s even worse that Justin Beiber is not being made to pay the appropriate price for drinking and driving, because he’s young, has a legion of followers, and serves as an example for under 21’s everywhere who might think what he’s done is cool.

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