Aldon Smith will appear in court on July 25 for a sentencing hearing after pleading no contest last month to DUI and felony weapons charges. ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, citing "a source with knowledge of the situation," says Smith "likely won’t receive jail time at his sentencing, if he can stay out of trouble over the next month."
But while the embattled defensive end might avoid incarceration, he could still face discipline from the league.
From Florio's report:
[R]egardless of whether he receives simply an order of probation, the league office remains expected to suspend him for at least one game, possibly more.
The league won’t take action until Smith is sentenced, and the sentence will impact that duration of any suspension. Either way, don’t expect to see Smith on the field when the 49ers visit the Cowboys to start the 2014 regular season.
Smith took a leave of absence from the team last fall after his DUI and missed five games while seeking treatment for alcohol abuse. The weapons charges stem from a June 2012 incident at a party at Smith's house, where he was stabbed and two other people were shot.
Smith was also arrested in April at Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly making a bomb threat, but he will not face any charges in that incident.
— Dan Gartland
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