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Minor Solicitation Virginia Conditional Sodomy Lawyers Richmond City

Minor Solicitation Virginia Conditional Sodomy Lawyers Richmond City

Jeffrey v. Commonwealth
Facts:

The City of Richmond Circuit Court (Virginia) accepted defendant’s conditional guilty plea and entered a judgment that found him guilty of solicitation to commit oral sodomy in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-29, regarding criminal solicitation, and Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-361, regarding crimes against nature. Defendant appealed.

Minor Solicitation Virginia Conditional Sodomy Lawyers Richmond City

Minor Solicitation Virginia Conditional Sodomy Lawyers

Issue:
  • Whether the defendant can be made guilty of criminal solicitation?
Discussions:

Defendant went into a men’s restroom located in a department store. The restroom was freely accessible to the public, including children. Defendant entered the handicapped stall. He then left it, approached a stall occupied by an undercover police officer, and peered into it. The undercover police officer asked what he wanted. Defendant then told the undercover police officer that he wanted an act of oral sodomy. The undercover police officer asked again to confirm what defendant had said and defendant repeated his request. Defendant was charged with violations of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-29, regarding solicitation, and Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-361, regarding crimes against nature. The trial court denied defendant’s motion to dismiss and reasoned that Lawrence, which protected private consensual sodomy, did not apply because defendant’s conduct was in a public place. Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea. On appeal, the appellate court found that Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-361 was not facially unconstitutional and was not unconstitutionally overbroad. It also found that defendant’s Eighth Amendment challenge to his claim was waived since he had not raised it in the trial court.

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