The rapper Joe Budden was arrested late last month for an unpaid traffic ticket. He was about to take the stage at a sold out concert, when the police walked in and arrested him. He allegedly didn't pay the $75 ticket from 2007.
According to reports, police had a bench warrant out for Budden and he was taken into custody for the traffic ticket by the New York Police Department just before his show. While the timing of the arrest is unfortunate, it is possible that the rapper just forgot he had the traffic ticket. After a few years passed he maybe even lost the actual ticket.
With a hectic schedule, and clearly a high demand for his shows, the traffic ticket was likely unpaid on accident. If someone is arrested for a traffic ticket, it might be wise for them to speak with an experienced New York City attorney. They can help work to make sure a $75 ticket doesn't turn into something worse.
Many people forget to pay their traffic tickets, and it shouldn't cost them time in prison, or more expensive fines. Sometimes mistakes just happen. While some people might forget to pay their traffic tickets, it is also possible that a lose ticket on a windshield blew away and the person was completely unaware they ever received a ticket.
Speaking with an attorney can be helpful in fighting the charges against someone for a traffic ticket violation. They may be able to help get the charges reduced or eliminated depending on the situation.
Source: Hip Hop Wired, "Joe Budden Explains Arrest Over Unpaid Traffic Ticket From 2007," Alvin Aqua Blanco, March 30, 2012