Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was tased and arrested by the LAPD after allegedly chasing Jen Harley with a knife on Oct. 4. He’s now out on bail, but according to two California criminal lawyers, he’s facing serious time behind bars.
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, 33, could end up behind bars for more than five years after he was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning, Oct. 4, for an alleged domestic dispute with longtime girlfriend Jen Harley. Making things even worse for the Jersey Shore star, his daughter Ariana Sky, 18 mos., was at the scene. HollywoodLife spoke to two Los Angeles criminal attorneys to get details on the very serious consequences the troubled reality star is now facing.
“If he used a knife in any way to threaten her, to assault her that [equals] more charges, more time that he’s looking at and that could be anything from three to six or more years. In California it’s always more. Most people don’t know that California – when it comes to time – it’s a very conservative state. California crimes carry a high amount of time.
“Felony domestic violence can carry up to four years in prison, but it could be more if he used a weapon of any kind. If you get tasered on a domestic violence call, I’ve been doing this for 22 years, it’s not going to be misdemeanor case. Obviously we don’t know exactly what happened, what can be proven…we’re using these numbers as worst case scenarios.”
As grim as the situation seems for Ronnie, according to Ambrosio E. Rodriguez there is some hope for a more lenient sentence. “He doesn’t have a criminal record it could be pled down. He is eligible for probation, parenting classes, anger management, some kind of counseling, free labor or local time. I expect that he’ll be bailed out today.”