On January 23, 204, Justin Bieber was arrested for DUI. Unfortunately, Bieber provided a voluntary urine sample to the police. According to reports, this urine sample has now come back and provided a positive test result for both marijuana and alprazolam (Xanax). Based upon reports from the police department, Bieber was unable to provide a breath sample at the police station upon initial requests. Bieber attempted to grab the hose from the breath-testing device several times. After the police were able to convince Bieber to stop grabbing the hose from the breath-testing device, reports show that Bieber did not provide a sufficient breath sample to test his breath alcohol content. Reports further state that Bieber eventually provided a sample with a reading of .14 and .11.
This marks the first time Bieber has been arrested. Since this arrest on January 23, 2014, Bieber has once again been arrested for an assault which allegedly occurred on December 30, 2013 after a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game. On January 29, 2014, Bieber filed a not-guilty plea prior to his arraignment currently scheduled for February 14, 2014 for the DUI charge.
While Bieber was charged with DUI in Florida, the State of Alabama provides two sections for which someone arrested for DUI under theses circumstances could be charged. First, in the State of Alabama under Alabama Code 32-5A-191(1) a person can be arrested for a blood alcohol content of .08% or better. Second, a person can be charged for DUI under Alabama Code 32-5A-191(5) for being under the influence of any substance which impairs a persons ability to safely operate a vehicle. Because Bieber allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .14% and .11% he could have been charged under Ala. Code 32-5A-191(1). Furthermore, Bieber alegedly had Marijuana as well as Xanax in his system. This would have allowed him to be charged with DUI under Ala. Code 32-5A-191(5).
If you or a family member is facing similar circumstances in the Birmingham, Alabama area, you should contact Parkman White, LLP to speak with one of our DUI attorneys. These types of cases can be fought and an experienced DUI attorney may know of viable defenses other attorneys do not know about.