Justin Bieber pleads guilty in deal for Florida case

Justin Bieber watches the Los Angeles Clippers play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Justin Bieber has avoided a DUI conviction by pleading guilty to lesser charges in connection to his arrest in Miami seven months ago.

The 20-year-old pop star did not attend Wednesday's court hearing, but he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest charges. As part of the plea deal, Bieber has to take a 12-hour anger management course, contribute $50,000 to a charity and pay court fines.

Bieber's attorney said the singer had already given the $50,000 to a local children's charity.

Bieber was arrested early Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street race between Bieber's rented 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 even exceeding posted speed limits.

Breath tests found Bieber's blood alcohol level below the limit for underage drivers, but urine tests revealed the presence of marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. Bieber was also charged with resisting arrest after a profanity-laced tirade against police.

This is just one of several recent legal issues for Bieber. He's also dealing with assault charges in Toronto for allegedly attacking a limo driver.

In July, Bieber resolved an alleged egging incident in Calabasas by pleading no contest to a misdemeanor vandalism charge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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