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Miami-Dade court accepts pop singer Justin Bieber's guilty plea to charges of careless driving and resisting arrest stemming ...
from his arrest in January. (Aug. 13)
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SHOTLIST:ABC POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYMiami, Florida - August 13, 20141. Mid of Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield entering court2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Shaprio, Attorney for Justin Bieber:"Your honor, this afternoon, Mr. Bieber is willing to be entering his change of plea in absentia. Prior to today's hearing, of course, we provided your honor with copies of the actual pleading, requesting his plea be taken in absentia, as well as a plea agreement, that has been entered into between Mr. Bieber and the State of Florida. And I know that your honor has had an opportunity top review both documents, and we're ready to proceed forward consistent with those documents. 3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Gilbert, Prosecutor:"That is correct your honor, and consistent with that plea agreement, the state would reduce the charge of DUI to careless driving. And would also advise the court, that although it is not in the plea agreement, we have required Mr. Bieber to make a charitable donation in the amount of $50,000."++WHITE FLASH++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield:"I hope that he realizes that his actions not only lead to consequences that effect him but they lead to consequences that effect others who are looking up to hum as a role model. "AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYMiami, Florida - August 13, 20145. Mid of Bieber lawyers walking to press6. SOUNDBITE (English) Howard Srebnick, Defense Attorney for Justin Bieber:"A traffic offense of careless driving was the infraction to which he pled, as well as resisting without violence. That concludes the case and we're relieved that it's over." 7. Cutaway of media 8. SOUNDBITE (English) Howard Srebnick, Defense Attorney for Justin Bieber:"We will, we'll turn this into a positive experience. That's what the judge would like us to do, and we'll make sure this becomes a positive experience for everyone, and everyone that is a fan of Justin Bieber." 9. Cutaway of mediaSTORYLINE:Pop singer Justin Bieber's guilty plea to charges of careless driving and resisting arrest puts an end to a legal saga that began seven months ago inside a rented Lamborghini at what police called an illegal drag race. The judge who accepted Bieber's plea Wednesday said it's time for the 20-year-old singer to stop his misbehavior - especially for his millions of young fans."I hope that he realizes that his actions not only lead to consequences that affect him but they lead to consequences that affect others that are looking up to him as a role model," Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said at a hearing. "He just hopefully will get the message. He will grow up. He will use his talents positively for young persons."Bieber attorney Howard Srebnick said the judge's message will be relayed to the singer, who was not at the hearing."We will turn this into a positive experience," Srebnick said. "We're relieved that it's over."The plea deal Bieber struck with prosecutors includes a 12-hour anger management course, a $50,000 charitable contribution already made to a local children's organization and a $500 fine. The deal allows Bieber to avoid a conviction of driving under the influence and includes no jail time. A charge of driving with an expired license was dropped when Bieber showed proof he had a valid one.Bieber was arrested early Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street race in an upscale residential neighborhood, with Bieber's Lamborghini and a Ferrari driven by R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff. Neither was charged with drag racing, and there was little evidence they were exceeding posted speed limits, although police said Bieber's security vehicles had blocked off one end of the road.Still, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Miami Beach officers were right to stop the pair."The ultimate purpose of the Miami Beach Police Department's initial traffic stop was to end some rash juvenile type conduct before a tragedy occurred," she said.Alcohol breath tests found Bieber's level below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers, but urine tests showed the presence of marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system. Bieber also was charged with resisting arrest after a profanity-laced tirade against police officers.The urine test became a battle between Bieber's lawyers and media companies - including The Associated Press - seeking access to video of the test. The lawyers said it was an invasion of privacy. Ultimately, Altfield ordered the video released with sensitive portions blacked out. Other police video depicted Bieber walking unsteadily during a sobriety test.In July, Bieber resolved another criminal case by pleading no contest to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's house in Los Angeles. In that case, Bieber agreed to pay more than $80,000 in damages and meet a number of other conditions.Bieber also is charged in Toronto with assaulting a limousine driver in late December. His lawyers have said he is not guilty in that case.