Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, had a warrant out for his arrest for the past week. The warrant was issued because the Chicago rap music artist missed a court hearing and has still not shown up. Officials, according to ABC News on Saturday, have pushed his attorney to arrange Cozart to surrender. The missed court appearance was on Aug. 22 in Lake County, Illinois. He was due in court at that time to face charges of driving under the influence of marijuana. The charges were made in Highland Park, a northern suburb of Chicago.
Due to the missed court appearance, Judge Veronica O’Malley issued a $50,000 bench warrant for Cozart, says the Sun-Times. Cozart’s warrant remained outstanding at the end of the week and, therefore, a bond forfeiture hearing was scheduled for Oct. 3. It has been reported that Cozart does not have much to forfeit at this time. Back on March 5, 2014, he posted $300 of the initial $3,000 bond following the arrest that was made against him by the Highland Park Police Department.
If Cozart is arrested or surrenders now, however, he will be required to post $5,000 – which is 10 percent of the $50,000 bond – to be out of police custody. The terms regarding the bond were revealed by Lake County Sheriff’s Department’s Chief John Byrne. Byrne also said that Cozart’s warrant was assigned to one of the deputies in the sheriff’s department’s Warrants Division. The deputy given the assignment has had the responsibility of trying to arrange the rapper’s surrender via his attorney.
The sheriff’s department claims that it has knowledge of Cozart being in California at this time for work. A city attorney for Highland Park, Brian Smith, says it is up to Cozart or his attorney to respond to the warrant. Highland Park is prosecuting the municipal charges against Cozart. Smith said that the warrant enforcement is in the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s department, however.
The Chicago rap artist has pleaded not guilty to the charges that stand against him regarding the driving under the influence of marijuana. Cozart was stopped by police at approximately 12:40 a.m. on March 5 in the 2600 block of Skokie Valley Road in Highland Park. He was pulled over because authorities noticed that his 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s registration had expired.
At the time, he appeared impaired by drugs, according to a police report, and police could smell marijuana smoke coming from inside the Jeep. Cozart failed a sobriety test and was then taken into custody. The driving under the influence of marijuana violation is a Class A misdemeanor. If found guilty of the charges, Cozart could be penalized by receiving up to 364 days in jail.
Other problems for Cozart included a 90-day court-mandated rehab sentence in California after he pleaded guilty last year to testing positive for drugs while he was on probation. Also, he is wanted in Cook County for child support he owes. That warrant was issued July 14, 2014.