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Remember when Justin Bieber was involved in a high-speed car chase with a paparazzo back in July?
The teen pop-star and 30-year-old photographer Paul Raef were involved in a high-speed chase down the 101 Freeway in L.A on July 6. Biebs was originally pulled over for speeding after Raef began chasing him and trying to keep up with the singer. The L.A. City Attorney's Office reported that the two cars were swerving in and out of traffic, forcing motorists to brake or swerve to avoid a collision. Half-an-hour after the initial police involvement, Beiber informed police that he was being followed by the same car again.
On Wednesday, a Van Nuys, Calif., judge dismissed two of the misdemeanor charges laid against Raef, reports Perez Hilton. The charges made headlines not only because of the involvement with the "Baby" singer, but because they were the first charges issued under the state's 2010 law targeting paparazzi with increased penalties for reckless driving.
Judge Thomas Rubinson dismissed the case, calling the new law "problematic" and "overly inclusive," notes E! News. Raef could have potentially spent up to six months in prison and a $3500 fine if found guilty under the law.
Although Raef can breathe a little easier, he's still not off the hook. The freelance photographer is also facing two other misdemeanor charges from the same incident - a careless driving charge, which carries up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine and failing to obey the lawful order of a peace officer.