A recent article in the New York Times uncovered a strange side of the dark web, where murder-for-hire sites are plentiful, but assassins are non-existent. That being said, those who visit the sites are often criminals and are often caught and charged for trying to have someone killed. Many of these suspects are surprised when they are found out, as they think there’s no harm in sending money to a fake hitman who never makes any effort to even track down the victim, let alone do him or her harm. But any Vista murder-for-hire lawyer will tell you that it’s easy to accidentally confess if you’ve been accused of this crime.
Fake Hitmen, Real Crimes
These assassin-for-hire websites claim to offer hitmen services and even accept money from those who want to kill their enemies. Of course, the “assassins” never actually follow through with the job, knowing that those who send them money for these services can’t go to the police when they realize they were cheated. Many of these sites even give police evidence to capture people who are attempting to set up murders.
But the thing is that even if the person behind the website was only pretending to be an assassin, if the person who contacted them and sent them money doesn’t know that to be the case, he or she committed felonies that can result in lengthy prison sentences.
Solicitation of Murder
Most people who have been accused of trying to hire an assassin are charged with solicitation of murder. This felony charge is punishable by up to nine years in prison and $10,000 in fines. In order to be convicted of solicitation of murder, it’s not necessary for the crime to have been completed. Not only that, but the person who you solicited didn’t even need to agree to the crime. So even if you offered $10,000 to an alleged assassin online and he never responded to the offer or said he wasn’t interested, you could still be convicted of the crime.
This is important, as many people accused of these crimes will try to defend themselves with what would be considered a “no-harm, no-foul defense,” saying that the victim is fine and no one ever tried to kill them. In fact, this would amount to a confession, which is why it’s so important anyone accused of this crime insist on having a Vista murder-for-hire lawyer present when speaking to the police.
Conspiracy to Commit Murder
If someone actually makes a payment to a supposed hitman, then they could also be charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Conspiracy occurs when two or more people plan a felony and actually take some form of action towards committing that crime. Like solicitation of murder, the actual crime doesn’t need to have been completed. Aside from sending money other activities could be considered furthering the plan for murder, such as stealing the keys of an alleged victim and sending them to a hitman.
Conspiracy to commit murder is an even more serious charge than solicitation of murder as anyone convicted of the conspiracy charges face the same sentence as the crime itself. In the case of murder, this means they could even face life imprisonment or capital punishment.
Fighting the Charges with a Vista Murder-for-Hire Lawyer
Both of these charges are easy to confess to without intending to, especially if you don’t know what evidence the police do or do not have, which is often the case when dealing with a transaction that occurred on the dark web. This is why it is so important to never speak to the police without your criminal lawyer present if you think you are under investigation for this crime.
If you have been accused of (or are being investigated for) soliciting murder, whether through the dark web or in person, call Vista murder-for-hire lawyer Peter M. Liss as soon as possible. You can schedule a free initial consultation by calling (760) 643-4050 as soon as possible.
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