Q: Dear sir/madam I am a diplomat, with a diplomatic passport. I was pulled over by a cop in NJ for illegal lane change.
I was driving a rental vehicle from Thrifty, in NJ , which the policeman that stopped me found to be uninsured and with expired registration .I thus received a total of 3 tickets .I was told by my colleagues that being a visiting diplomat, I am immune from prosecution and need ONLY respond to the summonses with a proof of my diplomatic status and claim diplomatic immunity. Is this correct?
A: You are not immune from prosecution just yet. You will need to appear in court and attempt to resolve this summons. Since the car was a rental, the rental service should be able to provide you proof of insurance and registration of the vehicle. This evidence may be shown to the municipal court prosecutor in an attempt at a plea deal. Further, the illegal lane change is a violation that carries both fines and motor vehicle points. To downgrade this summons through a plea deal, I highly suggest you contact an attorney. Feel free to call me with anymore questions or concerns!
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