Teen star’s popularity slips after incidents

February 6, 2014 6:15 AMComments Off

Column by Annika Grassl

annikagrassl-w2000-h2000Pop music icon Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach for a DUI, driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest.

The toxicology report indicated that Bieber had pot in his system at the time of his arrest.

There appears to be no correlation between Bieber’s arrest and the woman in the front seat with him at the time of his arrest, model Chantel Jeffries.

The result of Bieber’s Breathalyzer test was only 0.14, which is under the Florida limit for legal intoxication.

Even so, there might be basis for charges if his urine test shows that Bieber had taken controlled substances at the time of the test.

In addition to the potential DUI charge, Bieber is currently on the hook for two other potential charges.

The first stems from an incident in Canada where Bieber allegedly hit his limousine driver.

The second incident happened in Los Angeles, where Bieber allegedly egged his neighbor’s house.

Since Bieber is turning 20 in weeks, the legal implications to his current behavior are more serious then if he were already 20.

In Florida, Bieber could be charged with either a misdemeanor or even a felony for driving with a suspended license.

The severity of his conviction will depend on the reason why his license was suspended in the first place.

The DUI that Bieber was charged with could also result in a misdemeanor. If Bieber is convicted of all of the charges against him, he could face up to a $500 fine and/or 60 days in jail for driving with a suspended license.

For the DUI, Bieber could face a $250 to $500 fine and suspension of his license for up to 12 months.

Social media has blown up with the recent accusations surrounding Bieber’s recent run-in with the law.

Yes, Bieber was a beloved music icon with a countless number of followers on both Twitter and Facebook. Despite all of this social media fame, there have been a lot of comments — both positive and negative — surrounding Bieber’s most recent arrest.

The entertainment news site TMZ was the first site to break the story of Bieber’s arrest.

Shortly after the news went public, Twitter and Facebook exploded with people in support of his arrest.

Some of the comments included things like hoping this would straighten Bieber out and put him on the right track.

There is a similar-sized population of people who believe that this is truly the last straw in the downfall of the former pop icon Justin Bieber.

The infatuation with Bieber known as “Bieber Fever” is on the slow and steady decline.

Grassl is a first-year law, politics and society and public relations double major and can be reached at annika.grassl@drake.edu

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