HollywoodLife.com spoke to Los Angeles attorney Mychal Wilson, who gave us the rundown on what Justin’s team needs to do to keep him from behind bars — read on to find out what!
It’s no secret that Justin Bieber’s been having an interesting couple of days, following the May 26 incident in which he allegedly attacked a photographer while on a date with girlfriend Selena Gomez. While it’s certain that he will have to speak with police regarding the night, is there a real chance that the 18-year-old singer will actually be arrested?
Mychal Wilson spoke with HollywoodLife.com exclusively and said, “The alleged misdemeanor battery charges against Justin Bieber may vary depending if there were any aggravating or mitigating circumstances. For example, did the photographer initiate any shoving? Was Justin acting in self-defense? Did the photographer falsely imprison Justin by blocking [Justin's] car with his car?”
Mychal goes on to explain that “California Penal Code Section 236 defines False Imprisonment as ‘the unlawful violation of the personal liberty of another.’ Accordingly, [his] defense team may argue the paparazzo falsely imprisoned [Justin] when he allegedly blocked [Justin's] car to obtain photographs of the music star. Consequently, Justin was acting in self defense.”
But what would happen to the “Boyfriend” singer should he be arrested and found guilty?
Mychal says, “The maximum jail time would be six months in county jail. California Penal Code Section 243(a) states ‘a battery is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both that fine and imprisonment.”
He continued, “Justin has no priors, so he would probably be placed on probation in a worse case scenario. And, as we have seen with other celebrities, presumably, it is safe to speculate that, due to overcrowding in the LA county jail, [he] would not spend a single day” behind bars.
And when asked, what did Mychal see as the end result of this whole debacle?
“End Result: This case will probably disappear, and of course, Justin Bieber’s record sales will probably skyrocket.”
We can only hope so.
But what do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is Justin looking at serious jail time? Or will he be back on the stage in no time? Let us know!
Reporting by Sandra Clark and Written by Billy Nilles