UnderGround Forums Attorney weighs in on Jones case outcomes

3/28/20 10:10 AM
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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning in his hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., and booked on charges of driving while intoxicated, negligent use of a firearm, possession of an open container, and no proof of insurance.

This followed police responding to a report of a gunshot, and finding Jones in a Jeep with an unidentified man sitting on the sidewalk next to the vehicle. Jones allegedly had cannabis residue on his clothing, and performed poorly on multiple sobriety tests. A partial bottle of tequila was found in his vehicle, along with a handgun, and a spent shell casing matching the firearm's caliber was found next to the car. Jones denied knowing anything about the gunshot. 

Steven Marrocco for MMA Fighting spoke with multiple Albuquerque attorneys about potential sentencing Jones may face. It's complicated.

Earlier this year Jones completed probation for disorderly charges at a strip club. In 2015 he was put on probation for 18 months after injuring a pregnant woman in a hit and run, and then fleeing the scene on foot. Most relevant to this latest fiasco is a 2012 DUI conviction; Jones could be charged as a second-time offender and if convicted the sentence is a mandatory 90-day jail, with up to one year possible.

”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,” explained attorney David Serna. "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 believes the officer who first responded, Jason C. Brown, is the same LEO who pulled him over for drag racing; in a moment that went viral, Jones bitterly argued over the citation. The Albuquerque Journal reports that officer Brown has received three civilian complaints over racial profiling.

”Who knows, he may have had a thing out for this defendant," said Serna. "I’d be surprised if the lawyers don’t argue there was some pretext or vindictive prosecution, just because he’s had run-ins with this same guy before. I think the defense would certainly assert that this particular cop is after this particular guy.”

”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. 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.”

The SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic is shuttering the globe, including local courts in Albuquerque. If the case stays a misdemeanor, it will be dismissed if not brought to trial within a certain time. However, prosecutors may not want to be perceived as dismissing the case or minimizing the punishment due to Jones' fame. So Jones could go to jail for months, or he could be saved by a coronavirus, or something in between.

"Bones" is due back in court on April 8 for a bond hearing.

3/28/20 11:03 AM
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LMAO @ them already raising race as an issue. More than likely the cop was well, doing his job! Smh! 

3/28/20 11:17 AM
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The justice system in this country is disgusting 

3/28/20 11:20 AM
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Somehow it's the cop's fault that Jones keeps committing crimes. ''It's the second time he arrested him, clearly he's got it out for him!''. Yeah, obviously. It couldn't be that Jones keeps, you know, committing crimes and the cop happens to be doing his job, right?

3/28/20 11:25 AM
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expert attorney being quoted there...

 

https://www.abqjournal.com/1386794/attorney-faces-second-dwi-charge-in-less-than-a-year.html

3/28/20 11:39 AM
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I’d rather hear what Steve Mocco has to say. 

3/28/20 1:06 PM
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We need detective Shields on the case.

3/28/20 2:02 PM
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This is so sad. Watch the video, Jones clearly needs help. 
 

The weird part, imo, is that all those problems he has makes his legacy even more impressive. Basically, an young alcoholic and drug abuser bum, with not much training, went to the UFC and easily beat every legends and goats out there. Wtf.... 

 

3/28/20 2:13 PM
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Racial profiling when JJ was found to have over 2x the legal alcohol limit and a loaded handgun? Let's just bring in Perry Mason and blame it on the one-armed man. 

3/28/20 2:56 PM
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a couple of things. how do we know Jones was acvtually operating a motor vehicle while under influence. the report says he was occupying the vehicle. doesnt mean he waas driving it. If the officer did not see him operating it, the dui is no good. 

 

also how do we know the cannabis and the gun belonged to jones. The other dude was within a distance to have access to either. ??

3/28/20 3:05 PM
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the dui case is weak as fuck. most officers would just arrest him for drunk in public. obviously the cop was going to the extreme. 

3/28/20 3:08 PM
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John Cable - 

 

 

a couple of things. how do we know Jones was acvtually operating a motor vehicle while under influence. the report says he was occupying the vehicle. doesnt mean he waas driving it. If the officer did not see him operating it, the dui is no good. 

 

also how do we know the cannabis and the gun belonged to jones. The other dude was within a distance to have access to either. ??


He admits to driving it in the bodycam footage.
3/28/20 3:26 PM
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John Cable -

 

 

the dui case is weak as fuck. most officers would just arrest him for drunk in public. obviously the cop was going to the extreme. 

You're a fuckin moron

3/28/20 3:36 PM
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John Cable -

 

 

a couple of things. how do we know Jones was acvtually operating a motor vehicle while under influence. the report says he was occupying the vehicle. doesnt mean he waas driving it. If the officer did not see him operating it, the dui is no good. 

 

also how do we know the cannabis and the gun belonged to jones. The other dude was within a distance to have access to either. ??

Well the first thing would be is that they were supposed to be in their lockdown for their quarantine. So why was he in the car away from his premises. He couldn't have been at a bar because they were closed. 

3/28/20 3:38 PM
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John Cable -

 

 

a couple of things. how do we know Jones was acvtually operating a motor vehicle while under influence. the report says he was occupying the vehicle. doesnt mean he waas driving it. If the officer did not see him operating it, the dui is no good. 

 

also how do we know the cannabis and the gun belonged to jones. The other dude was within a distance to have access to either. ??

U need help

3/28/20 3:57 PM
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46and2 -
John Cable -

 

 

the dui case is weak as fuck. most officers would just arrest him for drunk in public. obviously the cop was going to the extreme. 

You're a fuckin moron

This. It’s hilarious because he thinks he’s coming off so intelligent, yet he’s a complete fucking moron. It’s absolutely hilarious. 

3/28/20 3:59 PM
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I see what's going on here.

 

Anthony Johnson starts to climb the ranks at 205lbs. Jones gets himself in trouble and ineligible to fight him.

 

Cormier beats him. Johnson retires. Jones returns to competition.

 

 

Anthony Johnson announces his plans to return to the UFC again. Jones gets himself in trouble again.

 

 

 

Jones is ducking Johnson!

3/28/20 4:05 PM
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taylorcannon -
John Cable - 

 

 

a couple of things. how do we know Jones was acvtually operating a motor vehicle while under influence. the report says he was occupying the vehicle. doesnt mean he waas driving it. If the officer did not see him operating it, the dui is no good. 

 

also how do we know the cannabis and the gun belonged to jones. The other dude was within a distance to have access to either. ??


He admits to driving it in the bodycam footage.

 

 

so. he can recant. at any time. he could have been covering for his friend who would have had to have started the vehicle. 

3/28/20 4:06 PM
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46and2 -
John Cable -

 

 

the dui case is weak as fuck. most officers would just arrest him for drunk in public. obviously the cop was going to the extreme. 

You're a fuckin moron

 

 

Im smarter than you. fuck off. Im better looking than you and have more money than you toooooooooooo. 

 

3/28/20 4:14 PM
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Erik Apple -
John Cable -

 

 

a couple of things. how do we know Jones was acvtually operating a motor vehicle while under influence. the report says he was occupying the vehicle. doesnt mean he waas driving it. If the officer did not see him operating it, the dui is no good. 

 

also how do we know the cannabis and the gun belonged to jones. The other dude was within a distance to have access to either. ??

U need help

 

 

 

awwwwww come on. 

 

did anybody see him driving. Jones has been arrested for dui before. he has been through the court system before. He knows it is all bullshit. You have to put him behind the wheel operating the vehicle. being in it with the engine running is no deal. Cops know this. putting him behind the wheel means a good witness or an officer while operating. You know operating like steering and pressing brake pedal and putting it into drive to go somewhere. complicated shit. 

 

whats with the no insurance charge. wooooo they really got him didnt they................

 

he denies firing the weapon, they still charged him........... did they see him shoot it? unlawful possession would be a better charge , depending upon New Mexico law. It is pro carry state though. 

3/28/20 4:32 PM
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John Cable -
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John Cable -

 

 

a couple of things. how do we know Jones was acvtually operating a motor vehicle while under influence. the report says he was occupying the vehicle. doesnt mean he waas driving it. If the officer did not see him operating it, the dui is no good. 

 

also how do we know the cannabis and the gun belonged to jones. The other dude was within a distance to have access to either. ??

U need help

 

 

 

awwwwww come on. 

 

did anybody see him driving. Jones has been arrested for dui before. he has been through the court system before. He knows it is all bullshit. You have to put him behind the wheel operating the vehicle. being in it with the engine running is no deal. Cops know this. putting him behind the wheel means a good witness or an officer while operating. You know operating like steering and pressing brake pedal and putting it into drive to go somewhere. complicated shit. 

 

whats with the no insurance charge. wooooo they really got him didnt they................

 

he denies firing the weapon, they still charged him........... did they see him shoot it? unlawful possession would be a better charge , depending upon New Mexico law. It is pro carry state though. 

This idiot is hilarious. Carry on moron you’re making me cry from laughter. You’re absolutely clueless as to what you’re talking about and zero reading comprehension skills to top it off. Haha!

3/28/20 4:33 PM
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I can't decide who is more stupid.... Jon Jones or this John Cable guy....

3/28/20 4:44 PM
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John Cable -
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John Cable -

 

 

a couple of things. how do we know Jones was acvtually operating a motor vehicle while under influence. the report says he was occupying the vehicle. doesnt mean he waas driving it. If the officer did not see him operating it, the dui is no good. 

 

also how do we know the cannabis and the gun belonged to jones. The other dude was within a distance to have access to either. ??

U need help

 

 

 

awwwwww come on. 

 

did anybody see him driving. Jones has been arrested for dui before. he has been through the court system before. He knows it is all bullshit. You have to put him behind the wheel operating the vehicle. being in it with the engine running is no deal. Cops know this. putting him behind the wheel means a good witness or an officer while operating. You know operating like steering and pressing brake pedal and putting it into drive to go somewhere. complicated shit. 

 

whats with the no insurance charge. wooooo they really got him didnt they................

 

he denies firing the weapon, they still charged him........... did they see him shoot it? unlawful possession would be a better charge , depending upon New Mexico law. It is pro carry state though. 

White knight for Jones as much as you want. He is still not going to let you suck his dick.

3/28/20 5:03 PM
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John Cable -
Erik Apple -
John Cable -

 

 

a couple of things. how do we know Jones was acvtually operating a motor vehicle while under influence. the report says he was occupying the vehicle. doesnt mean he waas driving it. If the officer did not see him operating it, the dui is no good. 

 

also how do we know the cannabis and the gun belonged to jones. The other dude was within a distance to have access to either. ??

U need help

 

 

 

awwwwww come on. 

 

did anybody see him driving. Jones has been arrested for dui before. he has been through the court system before. He knows it is all bullshit. You have to put him behind the wheel operating the vehicle. being in it with the engine running is no deal. Cops know this. putting him behind the wheel means a good witness or an officer while operating. You know operating like steering and pressing brake pedal and putting it into drive to go somewhere. complicated shit. 

 

whats with the no insurance charge. wooooo they really got him didnt they................

 

he denies firing the weapon, they still charged him........... did they see him shoot it? unlawful possession would be a better charge , depending upon New Mexico law. It is pro carry state though. 

So is this Jon...or his brothers?    I’ll tell u what. If ur a fan ur doing that man a huge disservice.  We’ve got 6 yrs of repeatedly breaking the law. People like you are enablers. 
     He’s gonna get “OJ disease”. Look at all these athletes who are surrounded by yes men and don’t have any consequences, ask Tyson what it does to their ego and mindset. The best gift anyone could give Jon Jones is a little jail time. 
    Dude was so drunk when he screwed up counting he literally said “well my daughter is dyslexic”........ that was his reasoning. 
     You’re like that friend of a drug addict who keeps lending money. 
     

3/28/20 5:09 PM
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John Cable -

 

 

the dui case is weak as fuck. most officers would just arrest him for drunk in public. obviously the cop was going to the extreme. 

if youre drunk and in control of a motor vehcle no matter if its parked or not, thats a dui buddy.