Orderville, UT asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: Is it illegal to hire a hitman or start a gofundme to afford such a thing.

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John Karas
John Karas
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Temecula, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Your question is fascinating on a number of different levels.

First, why are you seeking an answer to your question from criminal defense attorneys in California when you are in Utah??

Second, it isn't clear from your question whether you are the INTENDED TARGET of the "hit" or if you (or someone else) is thinking of HIRING A "HITMAN' (why not a "hitwoman" instead, is the person who came up with this bizarre scenario a misogynist?) including starting up a "GoFundMe" no less to afford it. The ingenuity of the criminal mind!

In any case, it doesn't matter. The person who hires someone else to do their dirty work or otherwise participates in such a criminal enterprise can be charged with acting in concert with the murderer as as ACCESSORY to 1ST DEGREE MURDER (if successfully carried out, if not, attempted murder) which carries penalties of 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN STATE PRISON. Are you or whoever came up with this plan willing to pay that price?

But, as a saving grace, the person or persons involved in this won't face execution for the murder as the death penalty is currently still suspended at least here in California (don't know what the state of the law is in Utah insofar as execution being an option).

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