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Former rapper affiliated with Jay Z pleads guilty to DWI

California music lovers may have heard that the 42-year-old rapper Wais P, who was briefly signed with Jay Z's recording company many years ago, pleaded guilty to his third DWI charge on April 25. The rapper, whose given name is Malcolm Byer, had been taken into custody in 2014 after he was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Byer pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal that was struck between his attorney and New York prosecutors. According to the attorney, there was no accident or injuries involved in this case. As such, he was expected to be sentenced to time that he had already served.

The 42-year-old is still facing other legal trouble. Byer was scheduled to take the stand on May 16 after he was taken into custody in 2015 for a charge associated with sex trafficking in Manhattan. Authorities were reportedly using his lyrics as evidence that he had managed prostitutes. His attorneys, however, argued that the claims made in his music did not reflect his actions in real life.

People who have been accused of drunk driving could potentially face severe penalties including jail time, fines and driver's license suspensions if a conviction is obtained. Depending on whether or not the defendant has prior convictions and if there was an accident involved, a criminal defense attorney may try to protect the defendant's driver's license during the DMV administrative hearing in order to allow the defendant to travel to and from work. In some cases the criminal charges can be combated by a challenge to the constitutionality of the initial vehicle stop or to the way that the sobriety and breath tests were administered.

Source: Contact Music, "Former Jay Z Affiliate Admits To Dwi Charge", April 26, 2016

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