Former NFL wide receiver and reality star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson is officially having the worst month ever. Johnson was arrested for allegedly head butting his wife Evelyn Lozada, was cut from the Miami Dolphins on television, and now he is facing a year in prison due to the head butting altercation.
According to reports, Ochocinco could be placed behind bars for head butting Lozada because he previously had a domestic violence charge in 2000. Chad plead no contest in a California court for slapping his then-girlfriend after they got into a heated argument. He was sentenced to community service for that incident. Because of that, Johnson’s current misdemeanor domestic violence charge could be upgraded to a felony. If the prosecution chooses to upgrade the charge, Johnson could be facing a year in the slammer.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida attorney Paul Molle stated, “Florida law indeed gives that power to prosecutors. Whether the previous incident happened in California or Florida, it doesn’t make a difference. I’ve seen it done with other suspects.” It must be noted Molle isn’t directly affiliated with the Chad Johnson case, but he is a specialist in litigating domestic violence cases.
When contacted about what they were going to do, the Florida State Attorney’s spokesperson Ron Ashoy said, ““Our office does not disclose our filing options with the media before charges are filed.”