(Photo: Nathan Denette, AP)
Justin Bieber may have caught a break Friday, but his legal woes are by no means over.
The private jet carrying the 19-year-old singer from Canada to New York for Super Bowl parties was detained at the Teterboro,
N.J. airport Friday evening after officials noted that they smelled
marijuana. After several hours of questioning and a canine team search
that yielded no drugs, he was allowed to go on his way.
singer is still facing a full docket of legal issues in both his home
and adopted countries. This week, he was charged with assault in Toronto stemming from an altercation with a limousine driver. Meanwhile, he's out on bail following last week's DUI case in Miami, where a toxicology report found pot and the prescription anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system. And he's the subject of a vandalism investigation in Los Angeles after egging his neighbor's home.
"The fact that you've got three is a heck of a lot worse than one," Stan Goldman, a professor at Los Angeles' Loyola Law School
tells the Associated Press. And should any of the cases end in
conviction, he's less likely to receive the benefit of the doubt in the
Should Bieber be convicted in any of these
incidents, international travel would become a headache, with his
immigration status scrutinized on every trip -- and every itinerary
subject to a judge's approval.
In an interview with the Associated Press, criminal defense attorney Andrew Flier explained that, "multiple convictions -- even on misdemeanors -- could be troublesome to the non-citizen."
Contributing: Associated Press