CRIMINAL SOLICITATION CHARGES

Criminal Solicitation is generally defined as the commanding, persuading, requesting or encouraging someone to commit a criminal act. In The Commonwealth of Virginia Criminal Solicitation must involve a felony. If any person commands or attempts to persuade another person to commit a felony, other than murder, they are guilty of a Class 6 Felony which is punishable by 1 to 5 years imprisonment and a fine to not exceed $2500, either or both. However, if the person is over 18 and they are trying to get someone under 18 to commit a felony, other than murder, if convicted this is a Class 5 Felony which is punishable by 1 to 10 years imprisonment and a fine up to $2500, either or both.

If the Criminal Solicitation is to commit murder this is also a Felony which is punishable by a minimum 5 years and a maximum of 40 years confinement in a State Correctional Facility.

It is important to know that the crime solicited need not be carried out for the offender to be found guilty. Nor does the offer of the solicitation need to be accepted for Criminal Solicitation to be committed.

As always any prior criminal record could lead to a longer prison sentence.

CODE OF VIRGINIA §18.2-29

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