Hunter Biden could end up in jail if he drinks or does drugs

 July 29, 2023

A judge just told Hunter Biden to abstain from doing drugs or drinking alcohol, if he wants to stay out of jail. 

Fox News reports that U.S. District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika included this among the conditions that she placed on Biden's release.

This came during Wednesday's hearing, after Biden's "sweetheart" plea agreement with the federal government fell apart.

Biden was expected to plead guilty to lesser, misdemeanor tax and gun charges in exchange for avoiding a prison sentence. But, things did not go according to plan, and Noreika is the reason why.

Biden's plea crumbles

Initially, during Wednesday's hearing, Hunter Biden did plead guilty to the misdemeanor charges mentioned in the plea deal. But, subsequently, after Noreika started raising questions about the deal, it unraveled.

ABC News reports:

In court on Wednesday, Noreika, a Trump appointee, raised concerns about the parties linking Hunter Biden's tax plea agreement to the deal on the gun charge and over whether or not a provision in the deal would grant Hunter Biden blanket immunity -- meaning that the government would not prosecute more broadly going forward.

The question of whether or not the federal government was looking to pursue more charges against Hunter Biden or whether he was immune from further prosecution as part of the plea agreement was a real sticking point.

After much back and forth, Noreika ultimately decided to postpone whether or not to accept the plea deal. It appears that the two sides will now go back to negotiating that deal in an attempt to reach an agreement that Noreika would find acceptable.

In the meantime, Hunter Biden officially pleaded "not guilty."

The conditions

After Biden pled not guilty, Noreika placed several conditions on his release.

Biden, for example, "must not violate federal, state, or local law while on release;" he "must cooperate in the collection of a DNA sample if authorized . . .;" he "must advise the court . . . before making any change of residence or telephone number;" he "must appear in court as required . . .;" and, he "must sign an appearance bond . . ."

But, there is more.

Biden also must not possess a "firearm, destructive device, or other weapon," he must not use alcohol "at all," and he must not unlawfully possess "a narcotic drug or other controlled substances...unless prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner."

The drug and alcohol restrictions could be particularly problematic for Biden given his self-admitted history with such substances. And, if Biden were to fail to meet any of these conditions, he could end up in jail. It seems unlikely, but it is possible.

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