Keyshia Cole Faces Jail Time Over 12-Year-Old DUI

By McCarton Ackerman 12/15/14

The singer could find herself in jail for 30 days if she doesn't prove that she attended alcohol ed.

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Singer Keyshia Cole could soon be spending a month in jail after failing to complete the alcohol education classes required due to her DUI from more than a decade ago.

The DUI took place in 2002, but a warrant was placed for Cole’s arrest in 2004 after she failed to submit proof to a judge that she completed the classes. She somehow managed to dodge police for 10 years, but after being arrested last September for assaulting a woman in rapper Birdman’s condo, police did a warrant check and confirmed Cole had been evading the law.

Cole appeared in L.A. County Court this week and told a judge that the warrant was a mistake because she had completed the classes, but the judge wasn’t convinced since there was no paperwork to prove it. He gave Cole until February to submit proof that the classes were finished, but indicated he would put her in jail for 30 days if she failed to do this.

Cole’s mother, Frankie Lons, has also had plenty of well-documented struggles with drugs and alcohol. She appeared on her daughter’s reality show in 2006 after finishing a long drug possession sentence, Lons moved back to Atlanta as Cole helped her transition back into the real world. She appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2010, where she admitted that her previous work as a prostitute had triggered her drug addiction. Lons was then arrested in Georgia in April 2011 for a probation violation and misdemeanor possession of drug material.

“Frankie is 50 years old and I am doing what I can to help change her image into a sober woman who has made regrettable mistakes,” said her publicist, Cherry Banez.

Cole tweeted after the arrest that she would “really pray [Frankie] gets it together for herself. She has to want to change.” The pair have been estranged in recent years, but new photos from last July indicate that Lons appears drug-free and healthy at least for now.

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