On August 2nd, 23-year-old Nika Nikoubin was sentenced to serve out three years on probation after pleading guilty to two felony counts of false imprisonment with a deadly weapon. Nikoubin was clearly given some leniency based on what appeared to have played out. One reason why her sentence isn’t that steep may be because as part of her probation terms, Nikoubin must continue to undergo mental health treatment.
According to reports and court records, Nika Nikoubin was a “normal” young woman who began experiencing mental health concerns back in late 2019 and early 2020. Then, in January of 2020, Nikoubin was reportedly extremely triggered when news broke that Revolutionary Guard General Qasem Soleimani had been assassinated by the U.S. Air Force. Soleimani was killed during a drone strike.
When Nika heard the news, it triggered a psychotic episode.
As a result, she immediately went onto a dating app. On the app, she found an American man attempting to solicit sexual attention from her. She agreed to meet up with the man, fully intending to seek out revenge by hurting him. When the man met her in a hotel room, she reportedly blindfolded them before stabbing him in the neck. Thankfully, the male was able to flee the scene and escape. He called police who were able to quickly catch up with the suspect.
Initially, Nika faced charges of attempted murder, burglary, and battery. Later, however, it was revealed that mental health problems greatly contributed to the whole ordeal. Nika has since prioritized her mental health and started to receive significant mental health services.
As you can see, Nika’s initial serious charges of attempted murder, burglary, and battery were dropped down to false imprisonment with a deadly weapon. Despite the suspect’s actions, prosecutors and the judge were willing to work with her considering her actions after she was arrested.
Nika not only admitted to her actions, but she also sought out help in an attempt to correct and heal what caused her initial episode. This type of proactive approach is almost always positively received by prosecutors and judges. When the other side sees that you are remorseful and genuine, they are more likely to help you secure a more favorable legal outcome, even if that means reducing or dropping charges altogether!
Are you currently facing serious criminal charges that you know you committed? If so, there may be things you can do prior to your trial to help bolster your defense. Blindly pleading guilty won’t show the same level of remorse as actions like submitting to drug or alcohol treatment, seeking out mental health services, or proactively giving back to the community in some way. To learn more, though, you’ll want to discuss your specific charges and situation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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