ABOVE: Could Justin Bieber be deported over legal troubles?
TORONTO — Media outlets are reporting Canadian pop star Justin Bieber could be deported from the U.S. if convicted of felony vandalism in connection with an alleged egg attack on a neighbour’s house — but are they getting the facts scrambled?
“Bieber could be sent packing to Canada if convicted of felony after vicious egg attack on neighbour’s house,” declared the UK’s Daily Mail.
“Justin Bieber’s Egg-Throwing Police Probe Dilemma: Possible Felony Conviction Could See Pop Star Deported Back to Canada!,” screamed RadarOnline.
“Justin Bieber bust could mean jail time, deportation if convicted,” Fox News reported.
Not so fast.
First, the 19-year-old Ontario-born singer hasn’t been charged in connection with the alleged egg attack that caused a reported $20,000 in damage.
Although police egg-secuted a search warrant on Bieber’s Calabasas mansion on Tuesday, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Lt. David Thompson said the pop star was “not arrested nor exonerated.”
Secondly, while it’s true the penalty for felony vandalism — defined in California as vandalism causing more than $400 damage — is up to three years in prison, it is not likely cops will be carton him off to jail.
It is more likely Bieber, as a first-time offender, would simply be ordered to pay restitution and put on probation. In other words, a judge would omelette him go.
So what if, worst-case scenario, Bieber is charged, convicted and sentenced to time behind bars?
“It turns out he could be forced back to his chilly homeland,” Fox News reported. (Whoa! It’s not always chilly in Canada.)
It’s true that Bieber — who’s in the U.S. on a work visa — could be deported if convicted of a crime “of moral turpitude” within five years of admission to the U.S. if the government finds the crime involved “an element of intentional or reckless infliction of harm to persons or property.”
Deportations are a civil matter, though, and Bieber would be able to fight it. The government is unlikely to bother trying to send a world-famous pop star packing.
Besides, a Bieber deportation would evidently divide a nation: