A$AP Rocky Facing ‘Up To 14 Years’ In Prison If Convicted Of Potential Felony Charge, LA Criminal Attorney Says

A$AP Rocky could be locked away for over a decade if he is convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, which is a felony, and Criminal Attorney Lara Yeretsian explains why. 

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A$AP Rocky, 33, was arrested at Los Angeles International airport on April 20 by detectives from LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division in connection with a shooting that occurred just five months earlier, in November 2021. The rapper, who is expecting his first child with his girlfriend Rihanna, 34, is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon, so HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY to LA-based criminal attorney Lara Yeretsian, who said that, if convicted, the rapper could face up to 14 years in jail.

As reported, A$AP — whose real name is Rakim Mayers — was released just hours after being taken into custody on April 20. According to the arrest report, obtained by HollywoodLife, he was released on $550,000 bail.  Attorney Yeretsian, who has not worked with A$AP, said in the interview that he will have to head back to LA in just a few short weeks to face charges if filed by the DA’s office, and if convicted he could be locked away for some time.  Find out why Attorney Yeretsian believes that he could be jailed if convicted of the shooting.

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Arrest report courtesy of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD)

HollywoodLife: Now that A$AP has posted bail and been released, when is the next time he will have to be in court to face the charges?  

Lara Yeretsian: His first court date will be anywhere between a few weeks to a few months to give the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office time to file the charges.

HollywoodLife: What is the maximum jail sentence if he is convicted? Minimum? 

LARA YERETSIAN: The maximum he could face for the assault with a deadly weapon charge is 4 years.  The charge has a mandatory minimum of 6 months. 

HollywoodLife: Are there any circumstances that he could be imprisoned for longer and, if so, what are the circumstances? 

LARA YERETSIANHe could potentially face a lot of time if the DA’s office decides to file an enhancement alleging personal use of a firearm. However, it is worth mentioning that Los Angeles’s District Attorney’s office has a  general policy against filing enhancements except in ‘cases involving the most vulnerable victims and in specified extraordinary circumstances.’

HollywoodLife: If the rare event that this does happen, how much more time is A$AP looking at? 

LARA YERETSIAN: If the enhancement is filed, he would face an additional term of 3, 4, or 10 years. Of course, the judge has the power to strike or dismiss the enhancement. In other words,  the soon-to-be father could be sentenced to a minimum of 6 months to a maximum of 14 years if convicted of the charges.

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A$AP Rocky looked stylist when he arrived at a recent event for his girlfriend Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line. (Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/Shutterstock)

HollywoodLife: In this sort of circumstance, how long after bail is posted can someone be released? 

LARA YERETSIAN: He will be free on bond within 24 hours or less.