Washington Law Review


In State v. Halstien, the Washington Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a juvenile statute that provides for a charge of sexual motivation in offenses other than sex offenses. Such motivation, if proven, becomes an aggravating factor that a judge may consider (along with any mitigating factors) in sentencing. In rejecting the argument that the statute was void for vagueness, the court should have clarified the statute by requiring a finding that the defendant manifested a sexual disorder, as well as a finding that sexual motivation was a substantial factor in the offense.

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