Smith can avoid jail after expedited sentence

Aldon Smith's sentencing hearing for his felony gun charges and misdemeanor DUI charges were moved up a week. He received a 12-day sentence in county jail in which he can serve on a work crew on Monday's starting July 28.

The San Francisco 49ers and Aldon Smith on Friday received some important information about his future with his sentencing for multiple charges coming a week earlier than expected.

Smith will have the option of not going to jail, instead spending a total of 11 days on a work crew after his sentencing at Santa Clara Superior Court Friday afternoon, according to multiple reports.

"The 49ers organization is aware of today’s proceedings," team general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "We are pleased that Aldon has moved past this phase of the process, and will support any action the NFL may take with respect to this matter. The organization will continue to support Aldon’s efforts to grow personally from this experience.”

Smith was originally charged with three felony counts of weapons possession and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence to which he plead "no contest" back in May. His weapons charges were reduced to misdemeanors by the judge handling the case in the Santa Clara Superior Court.

The original sentencing was scheduled for July 25, the same day the 49ers scheduled their second practice of training camp. The court date was moved up a week due to the prosecutor having a family emergency, as reported by the San Jose Mercury News.

His work on the work crews can begin July 28. Those work days will be on Mondays and he would need 11 of those works days to complete the sentencing after being given a one-day credit stemming from his time in jail following the initial DUI charges (he was sentenced to 12 days). He also incurred a $2,000 fine for the gun charges.

In addition, Smith was given three years of probation, to which he cannot own any guns or ammunition. He is also required to serve 235 hours of community service.

For now, the 49ers won't have to deal with the uncertainty of Smith's legal future during the start of training camp. Instead, they were given time before the team's July 23 reporting date to formulate a plan with Smith regarding his service on the work crews - and a potential suspension.

Even with his gun charges reduced from felonies to misdemeanors, the NFL is still likely to issue a multiple-game suspension to the 49ers' outside linebacker, although no announcement has been made as of yet.

The league has said it will take Smith's five-game absence from the team in 2013 into account when he checked into a drug and alcohol treatment facility after he played in Week 3's loss to the Colts - coming just two days after his DUI arrest. San Francisco went undefeated while Smith was away with Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier playing in his stead.

Smith - a former Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro - has 42 sacks in 43 career games. He set the single-season franchise record for sacks with 19.5 in 2012.

More on this story as it develops.


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