Justin Bieber may soon be leaving the legal saga that followed his January 23 arrest behind.
According to a new report, the 20-year-old is close to reaching a plea deal relating to his arrest in Miami Beach, where he was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving without a license.
Those charges will be dropped, sources close to the case tell TMZ, and instead the “Baby” singer will plead no contest to reckless driving.
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With the reported plea deal, Justin will still be on probation meaning he’d likely have to stay out of trouble for an entire year.
The arrangement comes shortly after Bieber reportedly rejected another plea deal, which stipulated he plead no contest to reckless driving, complete 40 hours of community service, attend an alcohol education class, attend a “victim panel” (where people who lost loved ones to DUIs share their stories) and install an ignition interlock device on his car.
Bieber’s team supposedly rejected that deal—which is commonly offered to first-time offenders—in hopes of avoiding random drug testing.
It was reported they believed a better deal was obtainable, as there were inconsistencies in the arrest. A police officer reported he smelled alcohol on Justin’s breath, while he only blew a .014 on a breathalyzer; another cop claimed he was drag racing—but he clocked in at a mere 27 MPH.
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Even if he accepts the plea deal and begins his year of probation, Justin isn’t entirely out of the woods when it comes to his legal woes.
At a hearing related to the lawsuit filed by Florida photographer Jeffrey Binion—who claims the singer orchestrated an attack in which a bodyguard threw him against a wall—the photog’s lawyer revealed plans to boost the potential damages he could win from the pop star.
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“It’s not a financial fishing expedition,” the lawyer, Mark DiCowden, told the judge on April 1, according to AP. “It is well known around the world that Justin Bieber does not like to be photographed in public.”
Additionally, Mr. DiCowden requested Justin return to Miami for another deposition to answer questions about his on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez, who was recently subpoenaed to testify in the case.
During his last deposition, the singer infamously stormed off when asked about his former flame.
A hearing for that request in scheduled for June.