Former two-division champion Conor McGregor facing three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief charges after his role in a fracas that left two UFC fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg injured. The bus incident took place after a media event ahead of UFC 223 PPV event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Mcgregor was out on $50,000 bail, to reappear again on June 14.
In the wake of this violent attack, everyone speculating just how UFC and president Dana White plan to handle their cash cow, White recently offered up the politically correct answer of letting the court handle its business with the Conor Mcgregor first.
As per general consensus from those who are experienced in the legal field said, Mcgregor is highly unlikely to serve a jail time based on his charges. One of the experts Dmitry Shakhnevich, a criminal and civil lawyer in Brooklyn said during his discussion with BloodyElbow, who revealed some possibilities on Mcgregor’s recent legal issues.
“So he’s charged with felonies and misdemeanors. The felonies are serious crimes by definition. He’s charged with the low-level felonies, right? There are five levels of felonies in New York, he’s charged with the two lowest, D and E (note: New York classifies felonies on an A through E basis, in order of severity).”
“So he’s not looking at, in Brooklyn, generally, you wouldn’t get jail time for this, especially if it’s your first offense, which I understand this is. So, what’ll likely happen is he’ll probably get it reduced to either a misdemeanor or maybe even a non-criminal disposition, though that’s unlikely.
“I don’t think he’ll serve any jail time at all. Again, that’s highly unlikely. I think he’ll probably be sentenced to some form of community service or something of that nature, and the case will go away.”
Shakhnevich, who also revealed that if Irishman gets convicted of a felony, he might face some immigration difficulties.
“The issue is immigration. If by way of a guilty plea he’s convicted of a misdemeanor, that can have immigration consequences. I don’t think it will – I think his lawyers will craft something creative to work around that. But that’s really what you have to look out for here.”
“Well, again – the way that criminal convictions impact immigration status, there are no black and white rules. Generally speaking, if you’re convicted of a misdemeanor. right? Which is a low-level offense, the lowest level offense in in New York in terms of crime.
“Typically that one misdemeanor – again, typically – will fall under the petty offense exception which basically allows the person to travel in and out. So I don’t think unless it’s some specific type of misdemeanor, I don’t think that’ll have an impact on his immigration status.
“But again, it’s something his lawyers have to look out for. They should probably engage immigration counsel, because they’re criminal lawyers.”
From the sound of Dmitriy Shakhnevich’s theory, Mcgregor may have to pay from his pocket to those who suffered damages.
If that’s the case then we may see Conor Mcgregor back to Octagon soon, as talks of Khabib fight is making rounds from some time now.