The Trap Queen star has a lot of explaining to do.

///The Trap Queen star has a lot of explaining to do.
Celebrities are no exception to the law. Recently, Fetty Wap was involved in a motorcycle crash on Saturday, September 26, 2015. He was reported riding a motorcycle through his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey. Witnesses reported that Fetty Wap attempted to pass a vehicle and was hit by an oncoming car. He immediately fell to the ground while witnesses waited for help to arrive. The result of this accident caused the rapper a broken leg in three places. Millions of fans were in distress waiting for news after he was taken to a local hospital. He received thousands of posts and support from all his fans on social media, where they were praying for the singer’s fast recovery. Thankfully, it was nothing serious and he was able to post a selfie on Instagram thanking everyone for all the support.Yet, things are far from over.  The Patterson Police Department issued Fetty Wap with three citations over the traffic incident. According to the Associated Press, Fetty got a summons for driving without a license (N.J.S. 39:3-10) not having insurance (N.J.S. 39:6B-2), and failing to produce a vehicle registration card (N.J.S. 39:3-29). Also, the other person in the car from the incident suffered minor injuries, which exacerbates Fetty Wap’s case.The Trap Queen star should immediately hire an experienced municipal court defense attorney that will be able to dismiss or reduce his charges. An experienced traffic attorney will give you options you might not otherwise have and will secure the most favorable result under the circumstances.  If they cannot get your case dismissed, then they should focus on skillful negotiation of plea bargains in order to minimize or avoid costly collateral consequences.  In my opinion, the rapper cannot afford a bad attorney to represent him since things are not looking too good for him.



Driving without Insurance

The most problematic offense is N.J.S. 39:6B-2, driving without insurance.  If convicted he is looking at:

  1. For the first offense, fine up to $1006 + $33 court costs, loss of license for one year, and community service to be set by court,
  2. On a second or subsequent offense, a fine up to $5,000, jail for 14 days, 30 days community service, and loose his license for two years.  After the two years, he will have to reapply to MVC for a new license.

Fetty better hope that he just failed to bring his insurance card with him.  Alternatively, insure the vehicle and hope the victim in the accident doesn’t show or make sure the other vehicle is compensated for his loss and so that he doesn’t object to a favorable resolution in court.  If his insurance was canceled, say for non-payment, he can evaluate if the cancellation was done correctly.  If it wasn’t then the insurance company would be required to defend and indemnify any claim the victim can make.  In that case, Fetty was insurance and his charge will likely be amended to failure to produce a valid insurance card in violation of N.J.S. 39:3-29. There are no collateral consequences to this violation other than a maximum fine of $206 + $33 court costs.

Driving without a License

The second problematic offense is N.J.S. 39:3-10 driving without a license.  If convicted he is looking at maximum fine of $506 + $33 court costs, up to 15 days jail, and up to six months loss of license.  Again, Fetty needs to hope he simply didn’t produce a valid license.  It doesn’t have to be a NJ license, but it should be valid somewhere in the U.S.  If he was licensed somewhere in the U.S. the violation could be changed to violating touring privileges, N.J.S. 39:3-17.1 or failure to present a driver’s license, N.J.S. 39:3-29a.  Both violations would avoid the suspension of his driver’s license and likely a jail sentence as well.

Fetty has options. If he hires a good attorney he can minimize the consequences of these violations.  Possibly dismissing most of them.

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