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Unlawful Transaction with a Minor in KY

Avoid Time for This Offense – Our Lexington Sex Crime Attorneys Can Help!

Unlawful transaction with a minor is a crime punishable under specific laws in Kentucky, and may carry severe penalties within the state. If you have been accused of unlawful transaction with a minor, you’ll need a skilled attorney by your side to avoid steep fines and jail time. Thankfully, our Lexington sex crime defense lawyers at Bleile & Dawson are here to help. With 30-plus years advocating for people in Lexington and across Kentucky, we have the resources and experience you need.

Defining Unlawful Transaction with a Minor

Unlawful transaction with a minor may constitute any transaction in which a person encourages, assists, or forces a minor to engage in illegal substance abuse, illegal gambling, illegal sexual activity, or any other illegal activity classified as a felony.

Under the Kentucky Penal Code, there are varying degrees to this crime.

Under statute 530.064, a person may be found guilty of unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree if:

  • They intentionally induce, assist or cause a minor to partake in illegal sexual activity; or
  • They intentionally induce, assist or cause a minor to partake in controlled substances other than marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid agonists or piperazines (defined in 218A.010).

Unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree is a Class C felony in cases where the minor is under 18, a Class B felony in cases where the minor is under 16, and a Class A felony in cases where the minor sustains physical injuries. Cases where the minor in question has been used commercially for sexual purposes are prosecuted under a different statute, 529.100, which constitutes either a Class B or C felony charge for human trafficking.

Under statute 530.065, a person may be found guilty of unlawful transaction with a minor in the second degree if:

  • They intentionally induce, assist, or cause a minor to partake in illegal controlled substances involving marijuana, illegal gambling, or any other criminal activity classified as a felony.

Unlawful transaction with a minor in the second degree is a Class D felony.

Under statute 530.070, a person may be found guilty of unlawful transaction with a minor in the third degree if:

  • They do not have a retail license, and they intentionally sell, give, buy, or obtain alcohol in any other way for a minor.
  • They intentionally induce, assist, or cause a minor to become consistently truant.
  • They intentionally and continually induce, assist, or cause a minor to disobey their parent or guardian.

Unlawful transaction with a minor in the third degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

What an Unlawful Transaction with a Minor Charge Can Do To Your Life

For sex crime defense lawyers, the most important statute above is obviously unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree. It is also the most severe. Since this crime may be classified as a Class A, B or C felony, it may result in a prison sentence of anywhere between 10 to 20 years, or in the most extreme cases, 50 to life. Class A, B, and C felonies in Kentucky may also carry a $1,000 to $10,000 fine, and in the case of unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree, will be accompanied by a sentence of mandatory enrollment on the state-wide sex registry.

Hire Lexington Sex Crime Defense Attorney Today

If you are facing a charge of unlawful transaction with a minor, our Kentucky sex crime lawyers at Bliele & Dawson might be your last hope. Our firm has been recognized by Avvo, Super Lawyers®, and The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 for serving clients in Kentucky and beyond. We also offer free consultations and are available to speak 24/7, so you know we’re always here for you.

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