Jim Jones is trying to keep his criminal rap sheet to a mininum. On Tuesday, the rapper refused to plead guilty to a misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license during his arraignment in the New York County Criminal Courthouse. The Harlem Diplomat was arrested on March 30 in the SoHo neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, after cops pulled him over for driving his Bentley in the bus lane.
Marianne E. Bertuna, lawyer for Jim Jones, said that he was unaware that he had unpaid traffic tickets, which led to his license being suspended. In an interview with MTV.com, Bertuna said that Jones was ready to settle his debt with the New York DMV. "Hopefully, when he does that, we will be able to negotiate with the DA's office to make him a lower offer, meaning a traffic infraction, which would not be a crime," Bertuna said.
Jim's next scheduled court date is on June 15. At that time, Bertuna says Jones will be looking to plea to a lesser charge such as a traffic violation or infraction.
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