Saturday, August 8, 2020

Conor McGregor Will Not See Jail Time in Connection With Brooklyn Incident

In April of this year, Conor McGregor was arrested and charged with several felonies and misdemeanors in connection with his tossing of a dolly into a bus with tons of fighters prior to UFC 223. As a criminal lawyer in Brooklyn, where this happened, and as discussed on my show The Fight Lawyer Podcast, this should end in one of several ways. And none of them should include jail time.

On Thursday, Conor will appear in Kings County Supreme Court in downtown Brooklyn to either enter a guilty plea of some sort, or request that the Judge grant an extension so his legal team can continue to engage in plea negotiations with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

Now, from my experience having done tons of these cases, we are looking at one of three ways out here.

  1. Conor will either plead guilty to a “straight misdemeanor,” and he is charged with several of them, so the parties will just choose one.
  2. He can also enter a “conditional plea,” which means Conor will initially plead to a misdemeanor, then have to satisfy certain conditions, and then be allowed to “re-plead” to a violation (or non-criminal disposition).
  3. Finally, it is also possible that Conor will plead guilty to the “straight violation,” which would be the best-case scenario here.

By the way, if this case ends with a misdemeanor, in New York State, that would give him a criminal record. But irrespective of which route he takes, certain conditions will likely have to be met before this case is completely over, meaning some combination of community service, course-taking, e.g., anger management, and monetary penalties, such as fines or restitution. So yes, for those of you wondering, Conor will avoid jail time.

The most important thing here is to preserve his immigration status and ability to travel (because he needs that to make money), and all of those pleas would likely satisfy that requirement.

Importantly however, as part of either of the above, he will have to admit wrongdoing in one form or another. If he does that, that will expose him to civil liability. That means that if he is then sued civilly, he will likely have to pay without question. That’s the way that the law works (admitting wrongdoing in a criminal case opens the floodgates if a civil case is commenced). While money may not be the first thing on his mind, it’s important that Conor and his team keep that in mind, which I’m sure they will.

In other words…bring on Khabib!

Trending Articles

Watch: Michael Chandler Sleeps Benson Henderson At Bellator 243

Michael Chandler accomplished a rare feat against Benson Henderson. Chandler and Henderson shared the cage a second time at...

Figueiredo vs. Garbrandt, Shevchenko vs. Maia Title Bouts Set For UFC 255

UFC 255 has two title fights on tap for Nov. 21. ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports that UFC president Dana...

Corey Anderson Signs With Bellator After Requesting UFC Release

Corey Anderson is now a member of the Bellator roster. Anderson had been competing under the UFC banner. He...

UFC Releases Ray Borg Following Latest Fight Withdrawal

The UFC has ended its relationship with Ray Borg. MMAFighting's Damon Martin was able to confirm with UFC officials...

Bellator 243 Results: Michael Chandler Knocks Out Benson Henderson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ich3Q9M6A78 UPDATE: The Bellator 243 results are in. Michael Chandler knocked out Benson Henderson in the first...

Latest MMA News

UFC Megastar Conor McGregor Is Engaged To Dee Devlin

Conor McGregor popped the question. McGregor announced that he is now engaged to his longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin. The...

Michael Chandler Sizes up Conor McGregor as He Talks Free Agency

Michael Chandler fought the last fight on his contract at Bellator 243 when he picked up a first round victory against Benson...

UFC on ESPN+ 32 Results: Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik

UFC on ESPN+32 goes down tonight (Sat. August 8, 2020) from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC APEX and we have the...

Check Out Last-Minute Betting Odds For UFC on ESPN+ 32

The final UFC on ESPN+ 32 betting odds are in for as this event is quickly approaching for the Las Vegas-based promotion. 

Watch: Michael Chandler Sleeps Benson Henderson At Bellator 243

Michael Chandler accomplished a rare feat against Benson Henderson. Chandler and Henderson shared the cage a second time at...

Watch: Valerie Loureda Knocks Out Tara Graff At Bellator 243

Valerie Loureda scored a knockout victory over Tara Graff. On the preliminary portion of Bellator 243, Loureda shared the...

UFC Releases Ray Borg Following Latest Fight Withdrawal

The UFC has ended its relationship with Ray Borg. MMAFighting's Damon Martin was able to confirm with UFC officials...

Bellator 243 Results: Michael Chandler Knocks Out Benson Henderson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ich3Q9M6A78 UPDATE: The Bellator 243 results are in. Michael Chandler knocked out Benson Henderson in the first...

Derrick Lewis Promises To Come Out ‘Balls Blazing’ Against Aleksei Oleinik

With the ability to move mountains with his words, Derrick Lewis says he will come out "balls blazing" at UFC on ESPN+...

Figueiredo vs. Garbrandt, Shevchenko vs. Maia Title Bouts Set For UFC 255

UFC 255 has two title fights on tap for Nov. 21. ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports that UFC president Dana...

Corey Anderson Signs With Bellator After Requesting UFC Release

Corey Anderson is now a member of the Bellator roster. Anderson had been competing under the UFC banner. He...

Dustin Jacoby Wants UFC Return Fight To Be Against Gokhan Saki

Dustin Jacoby can say he is a UFC fighter once again. The 32-year-old was in the Las Vegas-based promotion...