Ex-NFL player Aldon Smith agrees to plead in 2021 DUI case as he faces up to 16 months in prison

Ex-NFL defenseman Aldon Smith has agreed to a plea deal regarding a DUI case beginning in December 2021 as the ex-Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers player now faces up to 16 months behind bars could.

The 33-year-old, whose troubled schedule has faced him with at least five arrests for drinking and driving over the past decade, agreed to a Nolo Contendere plea deal at a hearing Thursday in Northern California.

“In return, the court agreed not to impose a sentence [Smith] more than 16 months in state prison,” the San Mateo County district attorney said in a statement via TMZ, adding that parole is also likely on the table.

Aldon Smith agreed to a plea deal related to a 2021 DUI case in exchange for reduced jail time

Aldon Smith agreed to a plea deal related to a 2021 DUI case in exchange for reduced jail time

The defensive end's legal troubles began 11 years ago when he was with the San Francisco 49ers

The defensive end’s legal troubles began 11 years ago when he was with the San Francisco 49ers

Smith is now expected to learn the length of his sentence in March. He received the two DUI charges in December 2021 – when he allegedly crashed his GMC Sierra pickup truck into a stopped vehicle on a freeway exit in Redwood City, California.

In the latest incident, the driver of the other vehicle, who suffered injuries to his back, wrist, knee, leg and foot, told officers Smith allegedly told the victim he couldn’t have police here.

Prosecutors later said empty bottles containing alcohol, specifically rum and vodka, were found in the 2011 NFL first round pick’s vehicle. Smith “later refused to provide field sobriety tests,” though it was eventually revealed that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.15 at the time of the wreck, prosecutors claimed.

Smith, 33, was released by the Seattle Seahawks in 2021 months before being arrested for DUI

Smith, 33, was released by the Seattle Seahawks in 2021 months before being arrested for DUI

The two-meter-tall, 265-pound player initially pleaded not guilty in court. He was cut by the Seahawks shortly before the DUI arrest and has not played in an NFL game since his 2020 roster on the Cowboys.

Smith's mug shot in 2013 after he was arrested in San Jose, California following an accident involving a vehicle

Smith’s mug shot in 2013 after he was arrested in San Jose, California following an accident involving a vehicle

Currently a free agent, it’s unclear if Smith has any desire to return to professional football, although it remains to be seen if a team would even consider signing a player who has a long history of run-ins with law enforcement.

He previously reached a settlement with prosecutors following his 2015 DUI report, according to TMZ, in which he did not plead a challenge to the hit-and-run charges. Smith was sentenced to 20 days in prison and an additional 90 days of probation at an inpatient treatment center. He was also ordered to attend anger management classes.

Smith was arrested for DUI in 2012 and 2013 prior to his booking in 2015.

He missed time during the 2013 season to seek treatment at an inpatient facility following his September 20, 2013 arrest for intoxication. In November, he pleaded not guilty to three counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon stemming from a June 2012 party at his home.

Seven months later, in April 2014, Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after allegedly claiming to be in possession of a bomb. Interviews eventually revealed he was not carrying a bomb, and local authorities decided to drop the charges.

Smith on the Oakland Raiders in November 2015, three months after his third DUI arrest

Smith on the Oakland Raiders in November 2015, three months after his third DUI arrest

Smith has been suspended by the league for nine games this season.

In April 2017, Smith was arrested in San Francisco after an SUV he was driving collided with an undercover police car, injuring two officers. Police said Smith was arrested for public intoxication but was not arrested.

The driver of the SUV was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

In March 2018, Smith was arrested after his ex-fiancée Shawna McKnight accused him of insulting her and biting her wrists.

Smith was cut by the Seahawks in August 2021 after allegedly assaulting a man in Louisiana

Smith was cut by the Seahawks in August 2021 after allegedly assaulting a man in Louisiana

In 2018, Smith's ex-fiancée Shawna McKnight reported a domestic violence case to police

In 2018, Smith’s ex-fiancée Shawna McKnight reported a domestic violence case to police

He was charged with misdemeanor assault, high likelihood assault, false imprisonment and vandalism

He was arrested later that month after allegedly violating a court order to stay away from her.

In April 2021, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Smith on second-degree battery charges following an incident in which he allegedly assaulted a customer at a coffee shop in Chalmette, Louisiana.

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