Virginia drivers may be interested to learn that, on Nov. 3, Fetty Wap was taken into custody in New York after he was accused of drag-racing and drunk driving. The rapper was allegedly spotted cruising at speeds of over 100 miles per hour by authorities.
After police conducted a traffic stop on his 2015 Mercedes-Benz, he allegedly offered an expired driver’s license. A breath test showed that he had a .09 blood alcohol content level, which is over the legal limit. He was ultimately charged with 15 offenses, including driving while intoxicated, driving without a valid driver’s license, following too closely and illegal signaling, among others. He was processed and released from jail the same morning.
Virginia takes accusations of drunk drivers seriously, meaning the consequences can be severe even for those facing their first drunk driving (DUI) charge. For example, a first offense drunk driving charge can lead to a loss of a person’s driving privileges for several months, increased insurance rates and even job repercussions. Those who are facing additional drunk driving charges may be sentenced to jail time and a longer driving suspension depending on the circumstances of their case.
Even though drunk driving cases move very quickly, there are still defenses that a criminal law attorney could utilize to challenge the charges. In some cases, this may mean challenging the traffic stop if there was no probable cause for stopping the vehicle in the first place. Breath, blood or urine test results could also potentially be contested if there were problems with the equipment. Further, an attorney may work with the prosecution if a person has a criminal history as any new charges could have a major impact on that person’s situation.
Source: Billboard, “Fetty Wap Arrested for Drunk Driving in Brooklyn: Report“, Michael Saponara, 11/03/2017