The tragic case of Alicia Arnone highlights how a checkered criminal history can lead to unjust future arrests. Whenever you're accused of a crime, especially one as serious as murder, it's always wise to assume the worst could happen. Never think that the system will work itself out, as the system too often gets it wrong.
By retaining a lawyer, you'll protect your rights at a time when they're most vulnerable.
A Mother Is Tragically Murdered, and an Abusive Ex Is the Prime Suspect
35-year-old New Jersey mother Alicia Arnone was found stabbed to death in her Leonia, New Jersey home. Arnone's eight-year-old daughter did not witness the stabbing but heard someone leaving the home.
The investigating agency soon fixed their focus on Andre Daniels, the biological father of Arnone's eight-year-old daughter. Daniels appeared to be a likely suspect, as he had a long criminal history, had been accused of physically abusing Arnone, and maintained an on-again, off-again relationship with her.
Arnone's daughter—and Arnone's current boyfriend, a man named Nile Diakos—fingered Daniels as the murderer. Police had seen enough to arrest Daniels, categorizing the homicide as a domestic violence incident.
Here Is the Problem: Daniels Was Not the Murderer
As likely a suspect as Daniels appeared to be, he turned out not to be the killer he was accused of being. In fact, it is the new boyfriend, Nile Diakos, who the police now believe took Alicia Arnone's life.
Law enforcement believes that Diakos committed the crime, fled the scene, returned to Arnone's house, and reported the stabbing. While Daniels has now been released from custody and no longer faces the murder charge, his case shows how a criminal past and stroke of poor luck can put you at risk of further punishment.
Wrongful Criminal Charges Do Happen
Andre Daniels is not the first person to be wrongfully charged with a serious crime, and he certainly won't be the last. While a history of criminal activity can be a constant target on your back, anyone can be wrongfully accused.
While Alicia Arnone's sudden death is tragic in every sense, the wrongful incarceration of Andre Daniels would have made the situation even more damaging. Not only would a man possibly be sent to prison for a crime he did not commit, but his eight-year-old daughter would have lost her father just after losing her mother.
No matter what troubles your past holds, you should never face legal consequences for a crime that you have not committed.
If You're Facing Unjust Criminal Charges, Hire the Lento Law Firm
According to the Innocence Project, approximately 1% of the U.S. prison population has been wrongfully convicted. This constitutes a significant number of inmates and is only a conservative estimate.
Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm work to ensure that his clients do not join this unfortunate statistical group. If you or a loved one are facing unjust criminal charges, call the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686 to discuss your case. You may also submit case details through our site.