Justin Bieber’s Charges Dropped. Did the Cops Lie?


Zenon Evans | Jan. 27, 2014 5:00 pm

Pop singer and public nuisance Justin Bieber was arrested last week by the Miami Beach Police. While the the #FreeBieber and #DeportBieber camps of the Twitterverse were clashing harder than Ukrainians in the streets of Kiev, information that contradicted the police report began to trickle out. Now, Miami-Dade County appears to have quietly dropped several of the charges against Bieber.

Last Thursday, Bieber was pulled over while driving a rented Lamborghini. He was allegedly participating in a drag race with rapper Khalil Shareif. The police report states that the cars were moving at about “55-60 mph” in a 30 mph residential zone. An officer pulled the singer over and “immediately smelled an odor of alcohol eminating (sic) from the driver’s breath and bloodshot eyes. The driver had slow deliberate movements and a stuper (sic) look on his face.”

Beiber repeatedly asked, “Why did you stop me?” and “What the fuck did I do?”

After disregarding repeated instructions that he keep his hands visible, the singer was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, driving with an expired license, and resisting arrest without violence.

A spokesman for department later added new details during a press conference, claiming that “during the investigation, Mr. Bieber made statements that he had consumed some alcohol, and that he had been smoking marijuana, and consumed some prescription medication.”

Yet, various reports and inconsistencies indicate that the cops may have fudged some information.

The Huffington Post highlights a few errors with police report. It “has marked ‘Known’ when it comes to ‘Indication of alcohol influence’ but ‘Unknown’ is the box checked regarding drug influence. So had Bieber informed the police what he was on, they didn’t put it down as such.” The Post also points out that the department had a few other (less egregious) errors, such as marking Bieber as an American citizen and mistaking his birthplace as Toronto instead of London, Ontario.

The Miami Herald writes that “Bieber’s breath test did not show any substantive alcohol use. He blew .014 and .011, well below the legal limit.” This raises some questions about whether Bieber’s car really reeked of alcohol. As Reason’s Jacob Sullum and Scott Shackford have covered in the past, police don’t always accurately identify smells.

TMZ claims that “the place where Justin and Khalil rented the cars attached a GPS device that also tracks speed,” and that “5 blocks before cops noticed them they were going 34 MPH in a 30 mph zone. Blocks later, they were steady at 27 mph.” A surveillance video released by CBS Miami corroborates this, showing an underwhelmingly slow “drag race” and police pursuit.

Several sources have noted that the case information listed on the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts website lists the charge of resisting arrest. This indicates that the county is not pursuing the DUI and expired license charges.

CORRUPTION IN OUR COURTS! – as told by a San Diego DUI Attorney – California


I have been on this Planet Earth now for 75 years. I have practiced law in California for 37 of those 75 years half of my entire life and for 34 of those years I have done only DUI and DMV law. Knighted by my clients as the most excellent DUI attorney in the State of California, author of DUI manuals and published articles in the “San Diego Daily Transcript”.

Our team includes, on every case, our own lab, our own investigator who was an ex Chief of Police of El Cajon city for 14 years as well as other cities in Northern California and a member of the neighborhood-watch program in El Cajon city. He has been an Expert Witness in DUI/DMV homicide and wrongful death cases in which there were police misconduct. This great man works exclusively for Mr DUI in our DUI cases. That means you cannot get him with any other law firm.

The True Cost of a DUI Conviction

Accusations of driving under the influence of alcohol are among of the most commonly faced in the U.S. Whether you have been falsely accused of this offense or know that you have made a mistake, you need to be aware of all the aspects of your case so that you have the best possible chance of getting your charges dropped.

It is a widely spoken of issue in the U.S. Drinking and driving is discouraged by the government and law enforcement and they try different tactics to get people to stay off of the roads. This is a necessary step in ensuring the safety of both the drivers and everyone else around them. Law enforcement officers are constantly on the lookout for drunk drivers and members of the public are asked to report anyone who appears to be exhibiting erratic behavior. However, false accusations of DUI are not uncommon and it is possible that some police officers and prosecutors are over-eager in DUI arrests and convictions.If you or a family member was accused of driving while intoxicated, you need to have a good understanding of DUI and the possible penalties you could be facing. Although the laws vary state by state, they are generally very similar. One aspect of the case that is the same in every state is that the legal limit for blood alcohol content is below 0.08%. If a driver was shown to have this amount of alcohol in their bloodstream, they could be immediately placed under arrest and be facing a conviction. There are different sets of circumstances that could arise which could increase the penalties, such as causing an accident that involved property damage or bodily injury, having an aggravated BAC, or having a minor in the car while driving under the influence.

The cost of a DUI includes restrictions on freedoms and monetary penalties. The amount of time spend behind bars will differ based on whether the conviction was a misdemeanor or a felony as well as whether anyone was injured or killed. The offender’s driving privileges could also be taken away for a set amount of time. This could hinder their ability to get to work and take care of their family. If the individual held a commercial driver’s license which they depended on in order to carry out their work tasks, this could mean that they lose their job.

Monetary penalties for DUI can also prove to be a heavy burden for the offender. First, they could have to pay fines of hundreds or thousands of dollars at the time of their conviction. There will also be attorney fees and court fees as well as compensation for any property damage or injury. After a multiple DUI conviction, the individual could be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. If this is the case, they will have to pay to have it installed as well as pay a monthly fee while it is in the car. This brief overview simply serves as an example of the true cost of a DUI conviction and how important it is to defend yourself against such accusations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matthew Hanson, Attorney at Law
Matthew Hanson, Attorney at Law, is a criminal defense law firm serving Boise and the surrounding areas. If you have been accused of a criminal offense, your first step should be to contact a Boise criminal lawyer from their team. They have years of experience into this area of law and understand how best to stand up for your rights and fight to get your charges reduced or even dropped. For a free case evaluation, contact a Boise criminal defense attorney today.Copyright Matthew Hanson Attorney at Law
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Female Client was stopped for “weaving” as told by the arresting officer. Client is a student at a local prestigious university to become a dentist. Client was asked how many drinks she had and she replied, “only one.”  The officer asked her to perform the roadside physical sobriety tests and then asked to take the breathalizer. She blew a .09 on the breathalizer. We are still working on this case and have a non-DUI offer on the table, but still looking to get a lower offer.

UPDATE (5/18/11): This client is now free from the DUI and able to pursue her career to be come a DDS with No DUI on her record.

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Jack Smith is an experienced Police Practices and Procedures Expert that has qualified and successfully testified as a Standardized Field Sobriety Test expert witness in the Federal and State courts.


Jack has personally reviewed and evaluated well over 3,000 DUI arrests made in San Diego County by local police agencies and the California Highway Patrol.  Moreover, he has supervised and managed Law Enforcement  “Driving Under The Influence” investigations as a law enforcement supervisor and executive and is extremely competent in finding investigative error that supports a professional defense.


Jack Smith is currently President of JACK SMITH Consulting and Investigative Services, a full-service consulting firm providing assistance to government, attorneys, the business community and persons needing professional assistance regarding police practices and procedures.  His success as a consultant, investigator and expert witness is based upon his extensive law enforcement training, education, knowledge, skills and experience acquired over a 35-year law enforcement career.


Our company is pleased to be part of the Eugene Ellis team and provide professional expert testimony, advice and investigative assistance in a very effective and caring manner as we work together to resolve your important case.



BS Degree – California State University at Long Beach, Criminology

MS Degree – Pepperdine University, Social Psychology

Graduate – Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy



President, JACK SMITH Consulting and Investigative Services

Own and manage a full-service consulting and private investigation firm, providing assistance to government, attorneys, the business community and private sector.

Serve as an expert witness on the subject of Police Practices and Procedures and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.


Assistant Sheriff, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

Developed and directed the Human Resources and Support Bureau for the SD County Sheriff’s Department and co-chaired the San Diego Regional Police and Sheriffs Academy.


Chief of Police, City of El Cajon, California

General Manager of the El Cajon Police Department.


Los Angeles Police Department

Served 26 years with the Los Angeles Police Department as an officer, supervisor and manager.  Extensive experience providing critical policy review on traffic accident investigation, driving under the influence investigations and training, lawsuit evaluation and defense.


Mitchell Mehdy “Mr. Ticket”

Known locally as MR. TICKET, Mitch is probably the only attorney in San Diego who devotes his entire practice to low-cost defense of traffic tickets and DMV Hearings!

Mitchell Mehdy passed the bar in 1985 and join the team in 1988. Since then he has fought numerous traffic tickets and assists hundreds of clients per month. At DMV hearings he has helped many clients retain their licenses after multiple tickets. Mr. Mehdy is the respected traffic ticket expert and has been featured repeatedly in the news media, including on KNSD (Channel 39), KFMB (Channel 8), KGTV (Channel 10), KUSI (Channel 9), KOGO-AM 600, KFMB-760 AM, Union Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.

Mitch has been 100% successful in getting Red Light Camera ticket offenses dismissed. He has even got many red light cameras turned off in San Diego County. [Read the story here]

There are numerous reasons to keep a clean driving record:

1) As many motorists know, a clean driving record is important in keeping your insurance rates low.
2) A clean driving record is important in keeping your license.
3) For some, a clean driving record is important in keeping your job.

An attorney who specializes in traffic tickets will be better able to help you. Experience breeds expertise. Expertise helps clients with legal matters. Choose an attorney with more traffic ticket defense and DMV Hearing experience than any other attorney in San Diego.

Mr. Ticket, Mitchell Mehdy:

For over 23 years, Mitchell Mehdy has slugged it out in the trenches of the courts helping hundreds of clients per month. At DMV hearings Mr. Mehdy has helped many clients keep their licenses after multiple tickets! He can help you avoid getting points on your license after multiple tickets!


Abel Galván

In 1995, Abel Galván joined Mr. Ticket and has devoted his legal career to fighting traffic tickets. He has appeared on KFMB ( Channel 8 ) as a traffic ticket expert. Attorney Abel Galván is fluent in Spanish. He attended the University of San Diego and Pepperdine University School of Law where he graduated with honors.

Eugene Ellis “Mr. DUI”

Known locally as MR. DUI, Eugene Ellis is one of the pre-eminent DUI attorneys in Southern California. With 36 years of legal experience, more than 32 years of his career has been dedicated exclusively defending DUI and DMV only cases.

Education : Mr. Ellis graduated from the Western State University  College of Law in 1975, took the 1976 winter California Bar Exam, and was one of the 37% of first-time exam takers to pass on the first attempt.  He went on to take post-graduate law courses at the University of Southern California, University of San Diego, and Hastings University School of Law.  After completing his education in San Diego, where he has lived most of his adult life, Mr. Ellis has continually upgraded his skills as a DUI attorney. Please take a minute to look at just a few of the courses he has taken that are outlined in the Expertise Is Required to Beat the System section.

Early Career : Beginning his career with a two-attorney medical malpractice firm, Mr. Ellis learned the lessons of David and Goliath.  At times facing defense firms with up to 60 lawyers, he learned he could take on difficult cases and beat the large firms at their own games. Unwilling to give in to the Goliath law firms, Mr. Ellis often worked around the clock fighting the frequently bullying tactics used against smaller firms. These experiences cemented his desire to fight on behalf of the underdog and are used in his battles against a massive government system designed to prosecute DUI defendants.

Practice Limited to DUI : After years of practice, Mr. Ellis concluded that the attorney who limits his practice to one area of the law inevitably gains sufficient expertise to have the upper hand in litigation. In the words of Russell Cromwell: “Find something, anything, and do it better than anyone else in the world, and the public will eventually find out about you and beat a path to your door.”

In 1980 Mr. Ellis began the “San Diego Ticket Clinic.”  After years of fighting every sort of traffic violation from ordinary traffic tickets to driving under the influence (DUI) cases, he had the honor to work for some time with Bill Fielden, a famous DUI and federal criminal attorney. Together, Mr. Ellis and Mr. Fielden were extremely aggressive attorneys, not only in their methods of practicing law, but also in their ability to “swim upstream” and fight unpopular causes which they felt were just. In 1986, after building a successful practice, Mr. Ellis decided that he would further limit his practice to handling only DUIs.

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