After charges stemming from a DUI arrest, Justin Bieber refuses an offer from the court and decides to take the case "to the box." Retired Superior Court Judge Eugene Hyman, of Santa Clara, California, does not think this is a good idea. Based on what Hyman's read in the media, the evidence is somewhat overwhelming with respect to his guilt and he thinks that maybe because of his notoriety, Bieber thinks he stands a chance if not only a not guilty verdict, at least a hung jury and come out okay.
Clearly, a judge couldn't give a person a more harsh sentence because that person has assisted on availing themselves of their constitutional rights and they can't be punished for exercising that right, says Hyman. However, a judge is not obligated to give a pre-trial offer to someone who has taken their case to adjudication with respect to guilty or not guilty. The judge can take into consideration if that person lied during testimony and consider all the other factors not known during the time the pre-trial offer was made, Hyman says. "This could have immigration consequence that we're unaware of at this time," adds Hyman.
Honorable Judge Eugene Hyman has received numerous awards and recognition for his work with families and children and has appeared on numerous television news shows. For more information, visit www.judgehyman.com. He is also a featured commentator on The Family Law Channel and The Legal Broadcast Network. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.