A trial date has been set for October 5.
Richardson was arrested in Missouri on July 14 when police officers caught him racing at speeds between 122 and 143 mph, his car smelling of marijuana, and found a loaded handgun beneath his seat -- all with a 12-year-old child in the back seat (July 30).
"Obviously the Missouri police and the NFL have to handle their process," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said earlier this month. "When all the legal stuff comes out, I'm sure there will be some consequences at that point."
"When you mess up two times in a row -- and Sheldon knows this -- you have to pay some type of penalty, and we're ready to accept that penalty, "Bowles added. "We're just trying to get Sheldon better as a man. We understand what he is as a player. But if you can't become a better man, you'll never be that kind of player."
Prior to his arrest, Richardson had already been suspended for four games due to testing positive for marijuana.
This isn't much of a surprise. Already on a four-game suspension there's really nothing to gain from pleading the charges down because it guarantees more lost paychecks for Richardson. Generally players use continuances to delay these sorts of things into the offseason to prevent the impact to their team in-season. It will be interesting to see how the Jets and Richardson play this. Bowles and Maccagnan seem the sort that might want to swallow this bitter pill as soon as possible to prevent the matter from spilling over into next season and might nudge Richardson in such a direction. Of course it is up to Richardson, his agent and his counsel to determine his best course of action.