A paparazzo charged with reckless driving following a high-speed car chase with Justin Bieber will plead not guilty.
Paul Raef was booked on multiple traffic counts in July after the pop star identified him as the alleged leader of a pack of photographers who tailed Bieber's Fisker Karma sports car as he sped along California's 101 Freeway in an attempt to escape the crowd.
The freelance photographer, who reportedly fled the scene when the singer was pulled over, was hit with four charges under a 2010 Los Angeles paparazzi law, which makes it a crime to create a dangerous situation while in pursuit of a celebrity for profit.
In a Los Angeles court on Thursday, Raef's lawyer, David Kestenbaum, asked the judge to dismiss the counts, TMZ.com reports.
He claimed his client is no different from a news reporter covering a breaking story and therefore should be protected under the US Constitution's First Amendment right to freedom of the press.
The judge declined to immediately rule on the defence's request and postponed arraignment until August 24.
Raef is the first person to be prosecuted on the charge of reckless driving with the intent to capture pictures for commercial gain. He also faces a count of following another vehicle too closely, one regular charge of reckless driving and one of failing to obey the lawful order of a peace officer.
He faces up to a year in jail and a fine of $US3,500 ($A3,323) if convicted.
Bieber received a speeding ticket following the car chase.