Could Justin Bieber Be Deported After His Arrest? Let's Break It Down
One of the biggest questions to come out of Justin Bieber's (not so surprising) arrest today in Miami: Considering he was arrested on charges of consuming alcohol and marijuana, could he potentially be kicked out of the country as a result?
Short answer, it's possible. Bieber is currently in the country on a visa, and does not currently hold a green card or anything of the like. According to immigration sites, if someone in the country on a visa is convicted of a crime, even a misdemeanor or an infraction, it could result in being kicked out of the country. Take this info, from Nolo , an official legal site:
Specifically, immigrants can be deported if they commit either what is called a "crime of moral turpitude" under certain conditions described in this article...crimes involving dishonesty and theft will almost always be considered crimes of moral turpitude. Other examples would be assault with the intent to rob or kill, spousal abuse, and aggravated driving under the influence ("DUI" or "DWI"). [...]
Examples of petty offenses could include shoplifting, simple assault, or a DUI that did not involve driving without a license or damage to property or persons, depending on the law in your state.
Here's the thing: Bieber was driving without a license (his had expired) and he had alcohol in his system while underage. This means the DUI will probably be considered a misdemeanor, therefore putting him at risk for deportation if a judge determines it necessary. While Bieber deals with his legal troubles due to this arrest, he likely won't be allowed to leave the US, but after that — it's not entirely clear.
It also doesn't help that, as he was arrested, he was reportedly resisting arrest, he had marijuana in his system, and he was attempting to drag race his yellow Lamborghini:
Florida police say Justin Bieber was charged with resisting arrest and had consumed alcohol and marijuana - AP— (@buzzfeed) #
Portion of the Bieber police report says two Lamborghinis were seen doing 55-60 in a 30mph zone— (@buzzfeednews) #
There's already been talk that Bieber could potentially be deported after his most recent controversy, when he caused $20,000 of damage to a neighbor's home by egging it.
With this new DUI arrest, it's beginning to seem more and more possible that the singer actually could be exiled to Canada if he doesn't start behaving soon — then again, after this incident, it might even be too late for that.