A Boynton Beach woman, who has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill her husband in 2009, will be allowed to stay on house arrest while her case is appealed, the Sun Sentinel reports.
The 28-year-old’s appellate attorneys have said that the woman didn’t receive a fair trial because a key witness in the case told them he would be out of the country during the trial, yet was actually in Palm Beach County during the trial and didn’t testify.
Cases of murder or attempted murder in West Palm Beach can be punished by decades to life in prison and, in extreme cases, the death penalty. These are not issues that can be taken up by an attorney fresh out of law school.
Instead, cases like this should be handled by a West Palm Beach criminal defense team that has seen the tactics used by police and prosecutors for years. Without proper representation, the criminal justice system doesn’t work and a defendant’s rights may not be upheld.
In the high-profile trial of Dalia Dippolito, she was convicted in May of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. The trial started in April and lasted weeks before a jury found her guilty. Prosecutors alleged she hired an undercover Boynton Beach police officer who posed as a hit man to kill her husband, allegedly for $3,000.
The judge sentenced her to 20 years in prison, though she is now appealing. Leading up to trial, she successfully spent 18 months on house arrest, while abiding by all the rules put in place by the judge. So, while her case is being decided in the appeals courts, her attorneys were able to convince the judge to allow her to stay on house arrest.
The criminal process and appeals process are both crucial to making sure the checks and balances implemented in the criminal justice system are honored and upheld. But, it is much easier if the case is done right the first time.
An experienced West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer will work tediously to form a strong defense to combat what the state and law enforcement alleges happened. Whether through bad eyewitness testimony, overzealous police work, entrapment or just plain wrong identification, these types of charges can be beaten.
But because of the seriousness of charges involving death, attempted murder or solicitation to commit murder, prosecutors will usually take a hard-line stance in plea negotiations and seek top penalties. That also means law enforcement likely brought in as many detectives and officers as possible to work on the case so that the state has plenty of witnesses from which to choose.
That said, while beating a charge isn’t easy, it is possible. But the earlier a defense attorney is hired, the better. A lawyer wants to have as much time as possible to become familiar with the case, the defendant and the facts in order to fight for the rights of the accused. If you are arrested, call today.
If you are arrested in West Palm Beach or elsewhere in South Florida, contact Leifert & Leifert at 954-523-9600 or 561-988-8000 for a free consultation.
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Dalia Dippolito released from jail on house arrest, by Wayne K. Roustan and Alexia Campbell, Sun Sentinel