Las Vegas, NV- Rapper, reality star and former member Public Enemy, Flavor Flav is facing a laundry list of charges, which include DUI and marijuana possession after he was pulled over in Las Vegas
The 56-year-old rapper, whose real name is William Drayton JR., was pulled over just after midnight Thursday when an officer observed him driving 75 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
During the stop, the arresting officer noticed the former Public Enemy appeared to be intoxicated. But Drayton wasn’t just intoxicated, he also had an open container in his vehicle along with less than an ounce of marijuana. What’s more, he was driving on a suspended license and registration, Fox News reported.
All told, Drayton was charged with DUI, speeding, having an open container, marijuana possession, driving with a suspended license and driving with a suspended registration. Fox News reports that Drayton posted a $7,000 bail and has been released from jail.
Flavor Flav has had a few run-ins with the law in the past. His most recent charge was for speeding in New York State as he was headed to his mother’s funeral. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and his case for that incident is still pending.
In many instances, a DUI is not the only count a person is facing. Drunken drivers are notorious for taking risks, like speeding, so they often rack up additional charges which could make prosecutors or a court look at a defendant unfavorably. Past charges are also taken into account for sentencing purpose. All of a person’s past and present charges will have a huge impact on the sentence they receive, which is why DUI offenders need a DUI defense attorney working on their defense.
If you are convicted of a DUI in Nevada you can face anywhere from 2 days to 6 months in jail. If that isn’t enough, a DUI conviction requires you pay a fine of up to $1,000 and will lose your license for at least 90 days. It is possible for a judge to order you to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. The penalties are severe enough and can affect your job and personal life so anyone facing a drunken or driving charge should consider retaining a DUI defense attorney immediately. Delaying action will only make your life more difficult and leave you to worry.
Additionally, a DUI conviction will stay on your record for 7 years. Once on your criminal record, it can be very difficult to have it expunged and the charges removed. Expunging a DUI is possible, but very difficult so you will fare better by fighting the charge. At USAttorneys has a number of DUI attorneys in Nevada and can refer you to one in your area so they can begin working on your case. With an aggressive DUI defense, you may be able to beat conviction or plea to a lesser charge.