MIAMI — While Los Angeles-based gossip websites claim troubled pop star Justin Bieber‘s DUI plea bargain agreement in Miami is a done deal, a judge was told by prosecutors that he may have to set up a trial date!
Bieber’s criminal case was up for a hearing in a downtown Miami court this morning, and both prosecutors and Bieber’s defense attorneys asked the judge for another three weeks to continue negotiating.
Bieber was supposed to be in court to grovel, but he wasn’t there as Judge William Altfield gave everybody until Aug. 5 to come up with a plea agreement.
Assistant Miami-Dade County State Attorney David Gilbert said the judge may have to use that hearing “to set a trial date, if necessary.”
Bieber’s people have been trying to avoid a public trial, which could embarrass further the singer of Boyfriend and cause another media circus.
Bieber, 20, was arrested Jan. 23 after his entourage illegally blocked off a residential street in Miami Beach so that Bieber could race his rented Lamborghini.
Although Bieber blew below Florida’s .02 limit for underage drivers, urine tests showed he smoked marijuana and took Xanax before the early morning race. Bieber was also charged with resisting arrest and driving on an expired license.
Bieber just pleaded no contest to vandalism in another criminal case in Los Angeles. In this case, he was accused of throwing eggs at a neighbor’s house.