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Written by attorney Jeremy S Geigle | Nov 6, 2012

California Man Charged with Solicitation of Murder

A Sacramento, CA man was arrested after trying to hire a hit man to murder his wife. 30-year-old Hader Nasim solicited an undercover detective in a plot to kill his wife. After both parties agreed to the terms, Nasim met with the undercover detective and paid him a set amount of money. The following day, police arrest Nasim and charged him with solicitation of murder.

Solicitation is considered a preparatory offense because the act hasn’t been committed yet. Other preparatory acts include conspiracy and attempt. Preparatory offenses like solicitation are not as serious as the crime itself, but nonetheless, the punishments are severe.

Solicitation in Arizona is defined in A.R.S. 13-1002:

A person commits solicitation if they request another person to engage in a criminal act that would constitute as a felony or misdemeanor.

Solicitation is a:

  1. Class 3 felony if the offense solicited is a class 1 felony.
  2. Class 4 felony if the offense solicited is a class 2 felony.
  3. Class 5 felony if the offense solicited is a class 3 felony.
  4. Class 6 felony if the offense solicited is a class 4 felony.
  5. Class 1 misdemeanor if the offense solicited is a class 5 felony.
  6. Class 2 misdemeanor if the offense solicited is a class 6 felony.
  7. Class 3 misdemeanor if the offense solicited is a misdemeanor.

The only exception to this statute is if a police officer is acting within an official capacity to prevent a criminal act from being carried out.

If Nasim is convicted of solicitation of murder, he could face 2 ½ to 7 years in prison for a first offense.

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