Sport Attorney: Jones’ history could get him jail time in current case

03:20  30 march  2020
03:20  30 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Jones was charged with five felonies and a misdemeanor in June 2018, following a car chase bust in which According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, the Dipset rapper avoided jail time , but got hit with a "I’ve been advised by my lawyer, I can 't talk about the case ,” he said. "What I can say is that

Serna said defendants rarely get jail time for the other charges Jones currently faces. But he said the fighter’s case from eight years ago is “likely” to For the defense attorney , I can see a lot of potential issues to raise with this case . Just by virtue of the fact that he was sitting in the driver’s seat does not

Jon Jones looking at the camera © Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Since MMA (and every other sport) is on vacation due to COVID-19, Jon Jones picked a particularly bad time to run afoul of the law yet again. Early Thursday morning, the UFC light heavyweight champion was arrested on DWI and firearms charges. Police bodycam footage and the officer’s reports don’t look good for the champ, and combined with his many other run-ins with police in the past, Jones could be looking at a more serious punishment this time around.

MMA Fighting spoke to a criminal defense attorney, David Serna, who gave his expert opinion on the circumstances surrounding the case. In particular, his 2012 DUI case could be used to show that Jones deserves jail time for this arrest:

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Criminal defense attorney lays out the worst case scenario for Jon Jones ’ DWI arrest earlier this This is not the first time Jones has had issues with law enforcement so he may very well receive a In fact, according to veteran defense attorneys (via MMA Fighting), Jones could end up serving jail

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“It allows the prosecutor to make a strong argument, look how many opportunities he’s had to modify his behavior, and look how every time he’s been given an opportunity, he thumbs his nose and does what he pleases.

“I would think that the judge would probably give the guy some time, because the judge would look at the prior history and see the guy has been given break after break and may say now’s the time you’re going to be held accountable,” Serna said.

Overall though, Serna believes that it will depend on whether the prosecuting attorneys believe that they can get a conviction, as they may be apprehensive about going forward with a jury trial without a slam-dunk case. Also, a plea bargain is a large possibility:

“Usually, the DA is happy to waive a jury trial whether it’s part of a plea bargain, dropping it down from a second to a first (offense), or whether it’s because the DA doesn’t want to go through all the hassle and time a jury trial will take,” he said. “It will take a day just to pick the jury because this guy is well-known. It will take a day or two just to try the case, so what started out as a half-day bench trial gets stretched out to a two or three-day trial. Prosecutors typically are more than happy to waive a jury trial because of all the time it eats up that could have been used pleading out dozens of other people.”

Jones is scheduled to go to court for a bond hearing on April 8th, but COVID-19 has caused delays in the court system. So it could be a while longer than that before he gets in front of a judge.

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