Bieber is now in danger of violating probation in an egg throwing incident involving his Calabasas, Calif neighbor last January.
Bieber pleaded guilty in July to misdemeanor vandalism for the egging.
He was sentenced to two years probation, five hours of community service and ordered to pay restitution, plus attend an anger management course. He could have faced up to a year in jail.
He was also ordered to comply with all laws or face having his probation revoked. The Canadian charges place him in jeopardy of violating his probation.
A spokeswoman for the California Department of Probation told IM that a conviction would impact Bieber’s probation, even if the crime was committed in another country.
He’s scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Canada on Sept. 29, although an attorney can appear on his behalf.
But that’s likely the least of his problems.
His conviction on the assault and dangerous driving charge could put his U.S. work and residency visa in jeopardy.
The complication arises under U.S. Immigration law.
The federal government reserves the right to deport anyone who is convicted of an aggravated felony. That’s defined as a crime that carries a penalty of a year or more in jail. Bieber’s egging conviction meets the definition.
The other ground for deportation is a crime of “moral turpitude.”
The usually means committing a fraud, engaging in prostitution, or similar offenses, according to legal references. But the government has wide latitude under the statute to interpret what that means.
An Immigration Judge also has the latitude to consider positive and negatives factors involving an individual.
Bieber is obviously a successful pop star with unique talents and substantial income. But he’s also been involved in a string of petty crimes that suggests he is incorrigible.
A conviction in Canada, following his conviction in Florida last month on misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest charges, would also amount to a “third strike.”
California, among other states, has a “three-strike” law that carries stiff mandatory sentences for repeat criminal offenders.
Under U.S. Immigration law, a person can also be deported if convicted of two separate crimes, according to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Tens of thousands of immigrants are deported each year for as little as a DUI convictions.
Bieber is able to live and work in the United States under an “O-1” visa. They’re only given to individuals who demonstrate extraordinary ability or receive sustained national or international acclaim.
That may be enough to preserve his resident status. But this time, he’s on the bubble for real.
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