Aldon Smith's legal issues were back in the courtroom on Thursday, but the 49ers linebacker was not present. An April 11 date at 9 a.m. in Santa Clara was set for discovery on each of the cases Smith is facing -- misdemeanor DUI and possession of assault weapons.
Both cases are still in the discovery period, as attorneys attempt to gather all relevant information prior to the trial.
The 24-year-old pass-rushing specialist was arrested in September 2013 on suspicion of DUI. Then, one month later in October 2013, the DA announced that Smith faced felony charges for possession of assault weapons stemming from a house party he hosted in June 2012.
Smith has 42 sacks in his first 43 NFL games and was named First-Team All-Pro in 2012. One of the most dominant defensive players in the game when he is on the field, Smith has endured a series of off-the-field issues that culminated in an "indefinite leave" from the 49ers last season when he missed five games to voluntarily enter himself in a substance-abuse treatment program.