What exactly is Conor McGregor being charged with?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Earlier today it was reported that Conor McGregor was arrested in Florida after allegedly taking and breaking someone’s phone.  So what exactly was McGregor arrested for?

In short, he is being charged with two crimes.  Robbery and Criminal Mischief.  The incident is detailed as follows in his arrest affidavit – “The Victim and the Defendant were exiting the Fontainebleau Hotel and the Victim attempted to take a picture of the Defendant with his cell phone.  The Defendant slapped the Victim’s phone out of his hand, causing it to fall to the floor.  The Defendant then stomped on the Victim’s phone several times, damaging it.  The Defendant then picked up the Victim’s phone and walked away with it, depriving him of it.  Victim stated the phone was valued at $1,000.  The Defendant was located and arrested

McGregor was formally charged under Florida Statute 812.13(2)(c) for Strongarm Robbery and under Statute 806.13(1)(8)(3) for Criminal Mischief.  The former is a second-degree felony and the latter a third degree felony.

To convict McGregor the State will need to prove the following elements of Robbery:

“Robbery” means the taking of money or other property which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the money or other property, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear.

If in the course of committing the robbery the offender carried no firearm, deadly weapon, or other weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s.775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

For Criminal Mischief to be proven the following definition needs to be met:

A person commits the offense of criminal mischief if he or she willfully and maliciously injures or damages by any means any real or personal property belonging to another, including, but not limited to, the placement of graffiti thereon or other acts of vandalism thereto.

If the damage is $1,000 or greater, or if there is interruption or impairment of a business operation or public communication, transportation, supply of water, gas or power, or other public service which costs $1,000 or more in labor and supplies to restore, it is a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

As reported by MMAFighting’s Marc Raimondi, McGregor’s attorney has issued the below statement which has the indiction of cooperation and, if I was an oddsmaker in Vegas, I’d handicap this in favour of the likelihood a swift plea bargain.

Last evening Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation over a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement. Mr McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.


Author Erik Magraken is a British Columbia litigation lawyer, combat sports law consultant, founder of the Combat Law Sports Blog, and profoundly appreciated UGer.