(Reuters) – Teen pop star Justin Bieber will be arraigned next month in Miami, following his arrest last week on a charge of drunken driving when he was caught drag racing in a rented Lamborghini, according to court records published on Tuesday.
Bieber, 19, will be arraigned on Feb. 14 on the driving under the influence charge, as well as charges of driving on an expired license and resisting arrest without violence.
The pop star is not expected to appear at the Valentine’s Day arraignment.
It was the first arrest for the Canadian singer, whose life off-stage has taken a tumultuous turn in the last year with problems ranging from scuffling with paparazzi in London to a felony investigation into whether he pelted a neighbor’s house with eggs in his gated community near Los Angeles.
If convicted of the charges in Miami, Bieber could face jail time of up to six months, although experts say he will likely get off with a lighter sentence for his first offense.
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He was spotted by police in the early morning on Jan. 23 in a yellow Lamborghini alongside another driver, aspiring R&B singer Khalil Sharieff, in a rented red Ferrari drag racing on a four-lane road in a residential area a few blocks from Miami Beach’s South Beach tourist and night life district.
Two SUVs had blocked off the road so Bieber could race Sharieff, police said.
Bieber was driving the sports car 55 to 60 mph in a 30-mile-per-hour zone, according to police.
Bieber, who is one of the top celebrities on Twitter with nearly 50 million followers, told police he had taken prescription medicine, had been smoking marijuana and had consumed alcohol.
Roy Black, the high-profile criminal defense attorney who has represented actor Kelsey Grammer, as well as radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, will represent Bieber in the case.
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Justin Bieber’s record label boss has spoken of his “concern” for the pop star, insisting he needs an intervention to tackle his issues.
The “Baby” hitmaker finally fell foul of the law last week when he was charged with driving under the influence (DUI), resisting arrest without violence, and driving without a valid license after police officers allegedly spotted him drag racing on the streets of Miami, Florida.
His manager Scooter Braun has already vowed to stand by his trouble charge, and now Lucian Grainge, head of Universal Music Group, has revealed he wants his team to take action in helping the teen get back on track.
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Speaking to reporters at his label’s Grammy Awards after party on Sunday, Grainge said, “I’m very concerned about him. I’ve been concerned about him for many months.
“And Scooter Braun, who I work with very closely and is supposed to be here, but is with him at the moment. The management, us… This has nothing to do with the business or records or releases, this is to do with the young man.
“He needs help. He needs an intervention. We are going to give all the support as a company to take as much pressure off him so he can look forward. Hopefully, we will all get through to him.
“But what people don’t understand, he’s a 19-year-old. You cannot just pick someone up and force them to do something if they are not ready.
“All of us around him need to take all the responsibility, all the pressure off him and give him support so he can address the issues he has – and he does have issues. And I’d like it to be dealt with.”
After being released from jail last week, Bieber headed to a beach getaway, reportedly with his manager and mentor, Usher, by his side.