But could he have avoided time behind bars altogether by simply keeping his hands to himself?
Multiple reports say the 35-year-old former NFLer ticked off Florida judge Kathleen McHugh Monday after slapping his male lawyer's butt during the hearing.
The slap was a huge factor in the decision to hand over 30-day sentence -- a period that would have much shorter, or non-existent, had he controlled himself, according to TMZ, who also obtained video of the incident. In court, McHugh said Johnson wasn't taking things seriously enough, ESPN's story states.
Johnson is also looking at an additional 25 hours of community service, along with extra therapy sessions, as part of the penalty.
Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, was originally in legal trouble because of a domestic violence case involving ex-wife and reality TV star Evelyn Lozada.