Justin Bieber Says His 2014 DUI Mug Shot Shows His Progress

By Kelly Burch 04/25/17

The pop star was arrested for driving under the influence in 2014.

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Pop star Justin Bieber posted his 2014 mug shot alongside a current photo on Instagram this week, saying that the photo helps him celebrate where he is in his life today.  

Bieber, who is now 24 years old and reportedly working on his fifth album, was arrested for driving under the influence in 2014 in Miami Beach. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, driving with an expired license, and resisting arrest. A later blood test showed that his blood-alcohol level was below the legal limit, but that the singer had both marijuana and Xanax in his system. 

Bieber reached a plea deal in the case, which involved him undergoing an anger-management course, meeting with people who have been affected by drunk drivers, and making a $50,000 charitable donation. 

At the time, the judge presiding over the case said that he hoped Bieber would change his ways. 

"Here is someone who is young, 20 years of age, his whole life is ahead of him and he just hopefully will get the message," said Judge Bill Altfield. "He will grow up, he will use all of his talents positively.”

Before his arrest in 2014, Bieber had said that he would never become an addict.

In a 2012 interview with Oprah, Bieber said, “There’s a lot of people who are waiting for me to mess up because a lot of teen stars do. They make that mistake of getting into drugs or alcohol. Remembering what is important. Sometimes I get lost in everything—consumed by everything."

In 2013 the singer denied media reports that he was going to rehab. “I’m tired of all the countless lies in the press right now, saying I’m going to rehab and how my family is disappointed in me,” he said at the time. 

Last fall Bieber told GQ magazine that he began abusing Adderall, but negative side effects made him stop taking the drug.

“I’ve been getting a lot of anxiety, and they think it’s stemming from the Adderall. That’s why I’ve stopped taking it. Or else I wouldn’t stop, because I really enjoy it,” he said. 

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