The headlines today about Jason Hoppy taking a plea deal are FALSE.
Last month, Jason Hoppy’s trial was set to begin. However, the Assistant District Attorney was not prepared, so the trial date was postponed until October 23rd. The charges were brought in January and updated in June. In August he refused the courts offer of an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal where he would have pled guilty to one count and sentenced to one day of anger management.
Jason has continuously refused to accept any outcome that would require him to plead guilty to anything. That is why they were in court today to begin trial. Jason continued to force the courts hand to either convict him of something, or drop the charges. Today he showed up so that the prosecutor could make his case against him. They finally threw in the towel.
The judge offered a new adjournment in contemplation of dismissal that did not require Jason to plead guilty to anything. Here are the guidelines for the new agreement.
“If you have no new arrests for six months and you abide by the full stay-away order for the defendant, in this case Bethenny Frankel for the same six-month period, your case will be dismissed and sealed. The court is also issuing a full stay-away order for a full six months, and you cannot go to her [Bethenny Frankel’s] home or place of business or place of employment. You cannot reach out to her by phone, no emails, no texting, and no contact through a third party. No contact at all for six months. If you violate your order it will lead to your arrest and possible criminal and more serious charges.”
Jason’s lawyer,Alex Spiro, accepted the offer on behalf of Jason in the courtroom today. Spiro stated “We are pleased but not all surprised that the charges were dismissed. It is clear from the trajectory of this case that the claims were not substantiated or credited and her motive was questioned. Mr. Hoppy looks forward to moving on with his life and his daughter.”
And just like I kept on saying, the case will be tossed out after a six month period. Unfortunately, Alex Spiro is an extremely expensive attorney so Jason was saddled with six figure attorney fees for the protracted court case and it didn’t cost Bethenny a dime.
And that’s the real story.