How Not to Get Arrested in Miami Beach: A Guide for Justin Bieber

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Could Justin Bieber have gotten off with just a few traffic citations and been allowed to go his merry way, thus avoiding the public carnival that became his first arrest? We can't say for sure, but he certainly didn't help his chances by pretty much doing everything you're not supposed to do when pulled over by a Miami Beach cop.

See also: Justin Bieber Arrested in Miami Beach on Charges of Drag Racing, Failing a Sobriety Test

1. Don't do anything illegal or suspicious.
Duh, moving on.

2. Once pulled over, be polite. Don't ask questions. Certainly don't swear at police.
Prosecutor and former Miami-Dade Police officer Dale Carson gave the Atlantic Cities tips on how not to get arrested. Chief among them is to be polite to cops.

"If cops lean into your space and blast you with coffee-and-stale-donut breath, ignore it," Carson writes. Same goes for if they poke you in the chest or use racial slurs. "If you react, you'll get busted." Make eye contact, but don't smile. "Cops don't like smiles." Always tell the truth. "Lying is complicated, telling the truth is simple."

Bieber was defiant with the officer who pulled him over. He asked the officer questions like "Why the fuck are you doing this?" and "I ain't got no fucking weapons. Why do you have to search me? What the fuck is this about?" There's no faster way to piss off a cop than swearing at him and not respecting his authority.

3. Don't fidget.
Even when you're pulled over for the most minor of offenses, officers, especially in Miami Beach, want to make sure you're not going to pull out a gun and shoot them or something. One time I got pulled over for exiting a well-lit garage at night without my lights on. Once the officer walked away with my license and registration, I began sifting through my glove compartment to make sure I had given him the most recent registration. (I hadn't.) He was back in a second to yell at me to stop. It's really no surprise, then, that the officer in this case was concerned that Bieber kept putting his hands in his pocket, which prompted a pat-down (which caused Bieber to curse more). Honestly, if you get pulled over, just keep your hands at your sides as much as possible.


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17 comments
Lopez Falcon
Lopez Falcon

New Times is the only media giving real precise information. So if i understand: The result of the alcohol tests (2) said Bieber's alcohol was as low that he couldnt be charged for DUI. And the so-mentioned "drugs" were RX medicine for depression. Why other newspapers can inform instead of just repeating rumors? Good job again New Times. My favorite news site.

Native English Classroom
Native English Classroom

Cops in America are above the law when they simply are public servants. Some of the tips given bring us back to Nazi Germany Gestapo.

Jen Die
Jen Die

Don't be black...lol

Marie Annoual
Marie Annoual

well yes...if he hadnt driven under the influence he probably wouldnt have been arrested

Jimbo99
Jimbo99 topcommenter

Moral of the story, being out at 4 AM nothing ever good happens at that hour at the places he goes to. I can't imagine those businesses that are open at that hour catering to much of a clientelle that is law abiding ? But you never know ?

"4. Don't f*** around on Pine Tree Drive.
Bieber wasn't pulled over in South Beach. He was drag racing in a pretty quiet stretch of a residential neighborhood. His little drag-race adventure actually started off right in front of a youth center and playground (which is some sad irony, given the average age of his fans). Of course there are gonna be cops patrolling an area where wealthy people live."

Considering it was 4 AM, citing that there was a Youth Center and playground there ? Again, he got popped at 4 AM, what are the chances there are kids playing or anyone at the youth center beyond a seurity guard ? Maybe if it were Key Biscayne there might be a cyclist or few riding their bikes at that hour ? Anyway, good job Miami Beach PD for popping him, he made it rather easy

Edward Delatorre
Edward Delatorre

I wonder how many people criticizing him drive drunk themselves

Su Lin MacLafferty
Su Lin MacLafferty

And how the fuck did he get to drive a Lamborghini with an expired license anyway???????? REALLY!!!!

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