UPDATE (6/24/2016): A Santa Clara County District Attorney spokesperson said Friday that Aldon Smith's arraignment for violating probation is not a new charge, nor does it stem from a new incident. Smith was on probation from a prior conviction, and DUI, hit and run and vandalism charges levied following an Aug. 2015 run-in with the law were considered a violation of that probation.
Aldon Smith has two legal issues on his Friday agenda. The Raiders edge rusher will argue a motion to suppress evidence relating to misdemeanor charges of DUI with a prior conviction, hit and run and vandalism from an Aug. 2015 incident that prompted his release from the 49ers.
According to a Santa Clara County criminal case index, Smith will also be arraigned on a violation of probation from a prior conviction. It’s uncertain what incident the charge stems from.
Smith is serving a calendar-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He is eligible for reinstatement in November, and assuming he follows strict guidelines during this suspension.
Smith signed with the Raiders in Sept. 2015 and played nine games in silver and black last season. He signed a contract with the Raiders this spring that lasts through the 2017 season.
The talented pass rusher has had several run-ins with the law since joining the NFL, including two other DUI arrests.