Bieber books hot date with judge
Published 29/01/2014 | 02:30
"Justin doesn't have to be there," Ed Griffith, a Miami state attorney's office spokesman, told US 'PEOPLE' magazine. "He will plead not guilty and the process will begin."
The arraignment at a Florida court is expected to see prosecutors formally file charges after his arrest last week.
The heart-throb is also expected to enter a plea, but this may be done by his lawyer. Bieber is currently relaxing at a beach resort in Panama.
Panamanian radio and television host Eddy Vasquez was filming a show at the Pacific Coast resort in Punta Chame when he spotted Bieber and his entourage walking on the beach.
He and his crew took pictures of the singer and his companions, who then travelled to a nearby island.
Police in Miami Beach said they arrested Bieber smelling of alcohol after officers saw him drag-racing before dawn last Thursday, with his yellow Lamborghini travelling at nearly twice the speed limit. The troubled singer appeared in court last week via video link on charges of driving with an expired licence, driving under the influence and resisting arrest before his bail was set at $2,500. The 19-year-old was arrested after police saw two cars racing through the streets at double the speed limit.