Will Offset go to jail again? A look at Migos rapper's past legal issues from possession of marijuana to guns
Offset, one-third of the rap group Migos, was arrested during an Instagram Live session for allegedly waving a gun at Trump supporters at a rally. Cardi B, who was present at the scene, was seen pleading with Beverly Hills cops to release her rapper husband. Cardi yelled "That's my husband! Why are you pointing a gun at him?" as she was held back by a friend. While Offset was led away, Cardi said, "No! This is crazy! My husband is not armed. My husband is not armed."
Offset was later released without charge. Cardi's cousin, Marcelo Almanzar, 20, was arrested and charged with gun offenses. He was released a few hours later on a $35,000 bail. This wasn't the first time that the 'Ric Flair Drip' rapper found himself in legal trouble. The rapper has been embroiled in legal issues even before Migos blew up in the mainstream with their 2015 debut album 'Yung Rich Nation'. Let's recap Offset's trouble with the law till date.
During the time when Migos first gained prominence in the hip-hop world with the release of their 2013 mixtape 'Y.R.N. (Young Rich N*****s)', Offset was incarcerated in Georgia's DeKalb County Jail for violating his probation that he received due to prior felony convictions for burglary and theft.
A Migos concert at Georgia Southern University was interrupted by authorities to arrest several people, including all three members of Migos. Offset, along with Quavo and Takeoff, was held in Georgia's Bulloch County jail. A statement from the county, reported by The Fader, said that Offset, real name Kiari Cephus, was denied bond.
Offset was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm in a School Safety Zone and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. On May 2, 2015, Offset, while in custody, was charged with battery and inciting a riot within a penal facility after attacking another inmate.
During a bond hearing on May 8, Offset was denied bond based on his prior criminal record, and the jail fight. Upon hearing the decision, Offset shouted profanities as he was escorted out of the courtroom. According to the inmate attacked by Offset, the rapper got angry after overhearing a conversation which caused him to rush upstairs and kick the inmate in the head and face.
After eight months in custody, Offset was released on December 4, 2015. He accepted an Alford plea deal which dropped the gun, drug and gang-related charges. In exchange, Offset pleaded guilty to inciting a riot within a penal facility and paid a $1,000 fine. He also served five years' probation and was banished from Bulloch, Effingham, Jenkins and Screven counties.
On March 17, 2016, Offset was arrested for driving with a suspended license. He was later released the next day without having charges filed. He had to spend a night in jail because, according to his lawyer, the rapper thought that the $316 fine for the suspended license and failure to appear in court had been paid, but apparently it was not.
In July 2018, Offset was arrested after he was pulled over for making an improper lane change. The police discovered him to be in possession of three handguns and $107,000 in cash.
On April 23, 2019, Offset faced a felony charge for possession of three handguns and the possession of drugs from a previous arrest in July 2018.