The San Francisco 49ers' Pro Bowl linebacker Aldon Smith was sentenced to 12 days in jail Friday afternoon on DUI charges. But fortunately for Smith, ESPN.com reports that he can serve his sentence on a work crew.
San Francisco's sack specialist must tread carefully however, as the judge put Smith on three years’ probation. According to the San Jose Mercury News, stipulations of Smith's probation involve prohibiting him from drinking any alcohol or possessing any guns or ammunition for three years; a violation will put Smith in jail for 11 days (reduced to 11 after receiving credit for one day served, on a work crew on consecutive Mondays beginning July 28).
In addition to his probation and the 12 day sentence, CBSSports.com NFL writer Josh Katzowitz reports Smith must serve 235 hours of community service and pay a $2,000 fine.
The Mercury News' Tracey Kaplan reported that the fourth year pro was facing a "maximum sentence of four years and four months in jail for three felony counts of possessing assault rifles. Due to Smith's "lack of a criminal record," the judge had reduced the sentence significantly. By all accounts, Smith was apologetic and cooperative to the judge's ruling.
While SF's Pro Bowler dodged any significant penalty through the legal system, it would not be surprising to see Smith receive a stiffer penalty in regards to the NFL. Fox Sports 1's Mike Garafolo reported the 49ers were expecting a suspension of four-six games. The 49ers have experienced time without the former All-Pro in the lineup, when Smith voluntarily checked himself into a rehab facility after he was arrested on a suspected DUI last September. Smith missed five games and only started in eight regular season games.
San Francisco will most likely look to linebackers Corey Lemonier and Dan Skuta as replacements should Smith be suspended. Yes, the Niners have experienced time without the sack artist, but with All-Pro linebacker Navorro Bowman not likely back until at least midway through the season, this may prove to be quite significant.
NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello has simply stated that Smith's case "will be reviewed under our policies."
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