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A first conviction for drag racing carries a sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000 and a one-year license suspension.
Bieber’s arrival in Florida earlier this week also is under investigation. Authorities in the suburban Miami city of Opa-locka are investigating whether the singer was given a police escort when he landed Monday at the Opa-locka Executive Airport.
"The escort was unauthorized by police administration," Assistant City Manager David Chiverton said.
Police escorts from the airport are not uncommon, but they must follow procedure because they involve city vehicles, Chiverton said.
"There’s a procedure," Chiverton said. "These things must be approved, there’s a process."
The Florida arrest likely won’t affect Bieber’s immigration status.
According to U.S. immigration law, authorities do not revoke an individual’s visa unless the person has been convicted of a violent crime or been sentenced to more than one year imprisonment.
Immigration attorney Ira Kurzban says neither driving under the influence nor driving without a license can make an individual eligible for deportation. Nor would either of those offenses keep Bieber from being readmitted into the U.S.
"He’s not subject to deportation because of a DUI offense," said Kurzban, "nor is driving with an expired license a deportable offense."
Associated Press writers Jennifer Kay and Suzette Laboy in Miami, Tony Winton in Miami Beach and Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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