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Justin Bieber Rejects Plea Deal; Trial Set for March in Miami-Dade

It feels like just yesterday Justin Bieber was in our neck of the woods allegedly blocking off a Miami Beach roadway, drag-racing with R&B singer Khalil and being snarky with the po-po. The Biebz was placed under arrest for failing a field sobriety test, resisting arrest, and driving with an expired license.

As a first-time offender, TMZ reports the megafamous pop star was offered a pretty standard plea deal: community service, alcohol abuse classes, and random drug testing. In his infinite wisdom, he said no deal. After all, this is Florida, where people have literally gotten away with murder.

See also: Here's a Video of Justin Bieber Getting Arrested in South Beach

Considering Bieber, 19, was shoved into the limelight before his voice even cracked, it has to be a world record he didn't wind up with a mug shot sooner, and of all places, South Florida was where he would be brought to justice.

In remarkable foresight, Bieber will also "not accept any plea that has probation" since his lawyers foresee other legal kerfuffles on the horizon. Bieber also doesn't want to take the alcohol abuse classes because he fears it will draw more public attention to him, and that's apparently something people who drive yellow Lamborghinis don't want.

Bieber's lawyers contest the alcohol consumption (he blew below a 0.02) and the speeds Miami Beach Police recorded him doing. However, a toxicology report did detect marijuana and Xanax in his system.

A Miami-Dade County judge scheduled his trial for March 4. His lawyers have already filed a written plea of not guilty.

At least he wasn't texting and driving, right?

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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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