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Bieber arrested on drunk driving charges

As many Washington residents have likely seen by now, teen pop star Justin Bieber has been in the news for a number of unflattering reasons in the last year and a half. In the latest round of news, Bieber finds himself facing a drunk driving charge.

According to reports, Bieber and a friend were drag racing when they were pulled over by police. The authorities claim Bieber swore at them and later admitted to drinking alcohol, taking prescription drugs and smoking marijuana. Following the charge, a judge set Bieber's bond at $2,500 and then released him from jail.

Washington residents facing a drunk driving charge need to wage a strong DUI defense. That is because the state of Washington treats DUIs very seriously. A conviction can lead to jail time, steep fines, loss of a driver's license and other burdensome conditions.

To lessen or even avoid these consequences, Washington residents may want to get more information about the available legal options. By doing so an arrestee could learn how to identify weaknesses in a government's case. These weaknesses often lead to reduced or even reduced charges.

A common weakness in traffic-related DUI charges is probable cause for pulling the vehicle over to begin with. In many instances, the circumstances are not as clear as Bieber's situation appears to be. In those instances, the police may not have had a proper reason for initiating the stop. When that happens, any evidence gained during the stop can be suppressed.

Another common mistake is to improperly administer the blood or breath test. If this is an issue, the test results can be challenged.

Source: Voice of America, "Teen Pop Star Bieber Arrested for Drunk Driving, Resisting Arrest," Mike Richman, Jan. 24, 2014

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