Attorney Skeptical of Accusations Against Jones
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones faces up to six months in jail for a battery charge stemming from an April incident at a strip club; however, there’s some belief, including from one veteran attorney interviewed by MMAJunkie, the case won’t hold up.
A cocktail waitress at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, strip club claims Jones allegedly slapped her private area, put her in a chokehold and spun her in the air. Jones claims he was not made aware of the charges until the media recently informed him about them.
“Assuming it all actually happened, I would love to defend him,” attorney David C. Serna said. “I don’t know if there’s any kind of crime here.”
Battery is a petty misdemeanor, the lowest level of criminal offense, in New Mexico. Jones’ case will not be prosecuted by the district attorney’s office, but by the police officer who filed a criminal summons against him.
The officer will not be allowed to bring up any of Jones’ past brush-ups with the law, but he must follow the same court rules of evidence and can even cut plea bargains. Serna said the officer has to prove Jones committed “unauthorized touching” of the alleged victim in a “rude, angry or insolent manner.”
Serna says he sees contradictions in each of the alleged victim’s claims. These, Serna says, include a request for money for Jones to touch her private area, a request to put him in a similar chokehold and the spinning in the air being labeled as play rather than inappropriate touching.
“I think there’s big problems with these allegations, even if you assume them all to be true,” Serna said. “I don’t think it meets the definition of battery.”
Jones is due back in court on Aug. 20 for a bond hearing from his non-appearance in court.