Justin has been charged with dangerous driving and assault after an ATV crash in Canada on Aug. 29. The worst part is, his arrest is a violation of his probation and it could land him jail for up to one year, criminal attorney Hart Levin explains to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Oh no! Justin Bieber, 20, could end up behind bars after he was shockingly arrested following a collision between an ATV and a minivan in Perth County, Ontario on Aug. 29. We spoke exclusively with criminal attorney Hart Levin, who predicts that the district attorney “probably will proceed against” Justin!
Justin Bieber’s Jail Time For ATV Arrest: Biebs Could Face One Year
Justin, who is still on probation after an egging incident in Los Angeles in January 2014, could be in serious trouble this time, Hart explains to HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
“Getting arrested in Canada is definitely violating the probation, so they can arrest him, notify his attorney of the pending violation, or send a letter notification of a pending court date. Most likely Justin’s attorney will reach out to the DA preemptively to prevent an arrest,” Hart says. “And it is all up to the district attorney if they are going to proceed on the violation. They probably will proceed against him.”
This is the third time that Justin has been arrested and the second time he’s been arrested in Canada. He was charged with assault in January 2014 after he allegedly got into a physical altercation with a limo driver in Toronto. Despite the probation violation, Hart thinks that Justin is “unlikely” to end up in jail.
“It can definitely result in jail time, a maximum of one year, but that is extremely unlikely,” he explains. “More likely, something like an additional 30 days in jail, or community service, something in that range. Jail is unlikely though.”
“More likely, he will admit to the violation without the hearing,” Hart adds. “That way he can admit and accept the punishment knowing the punishment going in, rather than having the actual probation violation hearing without him knowing what the punishment may be.”
However, Justin’s lawyer, Roy Black, says the singer is no longer on probation. “The latest matter will not affect his Miami case since it is closed and he is not on probation,” Roy explains to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Justin, like many celebrities, are continually harassed by the paparazzi. Their privacy is shredded and these incidents can become dangerous. While the public is not particularly sympathetic, they must realize how difficult these cameramen make their lives. So I am not surprised there is a conflict. It happens quite often and as long as the paparazzi are highly paid for their photographs they will continue. This is one reason I would not agree to probation.”
TMZ reports that since Justin’s arrest, the LA County Probation Department has launched an investigation to see if this ATV incident could be a violation of his probation. Justin’s currently on probation for two years after his July 2014 egging case.
Justin Bieber Arrested For ATV Accident & Assault
Justin was charged with dangerous driving and assault after he allegedly collided with a minivan while driving an ATV in Canada on Aug. 29. He was vacationing with his on-again girlfriend Selena Gomez, 22, when the crash occurred.
“Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’ peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi. This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault,” his lawyer, Brian H. Greenspan, told ABC News in a statement. “Mr. Bieber and Ms. Gomez have fully cooperated in the police investigation. We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved.”
It’s been confirmed that Selena was with Justin at the time of his arrest.
Justin was released shortly after his arrest, and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford on Sept. 29, according to authorities.
A source close to Justin tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that the collision was with a paparazzo who had been trailing him.
— Written by Tierney McAfee, Reporting by Caitlin Beck & Chloe Melas