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Rapper receives felony traffic charge

In the world of traffic violations, the range of offenses and related penalties can be great. Depending upon the nature of a circumstance, a driver in New York could face fines, points added to a driving record, a suspended driver's license and potentially even jail time. The laws and rules of the department of motor vehicles are intended to keep the public safe and allow law enforcement to issue citations in many situations.

No person is immune from the consequences of New York's traffic laws. This was evidenced recently when a well-known rap artist was arrested for driving with multiple notations of a suspended license as well as for exceeding the speed limit by 24 miles per hour. Flavor Flav of the group known as Public Enemy was stopped originally for his speeding violation along the Hempstead area of Meadowbrook State Parkway on a Thursday morning.

Upon checking the rapper's driving record, police found 16 different license suspension notations. Some marijuana was also noted to be in his possession at the time of his arrest. A felony charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle was issued as well as a citation for other traffic violations. He was released from custody in order to attend his mother's funeral but will be required to appear in court later.

A situation like Flavor Flav's has the potential to lead a driver to long-term consequences, including some time in jail. If you or someone you know is in any similar situation, consider talking to a lawyer who understands New York traffic law to get help.

Source:, "Flavor Flav Arrested in New York For Driving with a Suspended License," January 9, 2014

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