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Charged with Corruption of Minors in Pennsylvania

Information from a Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer

If you find yourself faced with a Corruption of Minors charge, you may be wondering what penalties you face and options you have for defending your legal rights. You may also be facing additional charges if another crime occurred in conjunction with this charge.

A Corruption of Minors charge is often issued when an adult is suspected of committing an act that corrupted or tends to corrupt the morals of a person less than 18 years of age, or, an adult is suspected of encouraging, aiding or enticing someone under the age of 18 to commit a crime or violate their parole or court order.

Seriousness of Corruption of Minors Charges in PA

The seriousness of a Corruption of Minors charge often depends upon the conduct alleged to have occurred – there is a large difference between buying beer for a teenager and engaging in sexual intercourse with him or her.

  • If the alleged conduct has a sexual component you will generally be charged under § 6301(a)(1))(ii) which is a 3rd degree felony and carries a Megan’s Law registration requirement; however, a conviction for this offense requires a “course of conduct” to be proven (see Commonwealth v. Kelly).
  • If there is no alleged sexual component or the prosecution does not believe it can prove a “course of conduct” of sexual acts, it might instead charge you with § 6301(a)(1)(i) which is a 1st degree misdemeanor that does not carry a Megan’s Law registration requirement.
  • Finally, if the alleged conduct involves the crime of truancy you will likely be charged under § 6301(a)(2) which is graded as a summary offense (first offense) or 3rd degree misdemeanor.

If you were charged with Corruption of Minors you should speak to a skilled Pittsburgh criminal lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Sometimes a conviction can lead to being labeled as a sexual predator for 15 years or even life and having to comply with Megan’s Law. These are very serious charges that come with tough penalties.

A criminal record can be an embarrassing affair — let us help you protect your name, your rights, your freedom and your future. Rest assured, Shrager Defense Attorneys will fight for you.

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Corruption of Minors – Charges Defined

According to the Pennsylvania Legal Code, Title 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6301, it is illegal for a person who is 18 years of age or older to commit any act that corrupts or tends to corrupt the morals of a minor (a person under the age of 18). It is also illegal to encourage, aid, abet, or entice someone under the age of 18 to commit a crime or violate their parole or court order.

Although the Commonwealth is not required to prove that an act did actually corrupt the morals of a minor, it still must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the act tended to or tends to corrupt the morals of any minor. In describing what this means, the PA Superior Court in Slocum stated:

“we held that actions that tended to corrupt the morals of a minor were those that “would offend the common sense of the community and the sense of decency, propriety and morality which most people entertain.”

Examples of Corruption of Minors Can Include Any of the Following:

  • Furnishing alcohol to a minor;
  • Engaging in sexual relations with a minor;
  • Encouraging or aiding a minor to commit a crime;
  • Committing a crime or facilitating a crime with a minor;
  • Aiding a minor to commit truancy;
  • Aiding a minor to violate their parole or probation.
  • Encouraging a minor to disobey his or her parent(s)

Maximum Penalty and Fines of a Corruption of Minors Conviction in PA

If you are convicted of a Corruption of Minors charge, you face the following penalties in Pennsylvania:

Aiding a Minor to Commit Truancy (§ 6301(a)(2))

  • Summary Offense (for 1st offense)
  • Up to 90 days in jail, and;
  • Up to $300 fine

Aiding a Minor to Commit Truancy (§ 6301(a)(2))

  • 3rd Degree Misdemeanor (for 2nd offense within 1 year of first offense)
  • Up to 90 days in jail, and;
  • Up to $5000 fine

Committing an Act that Tends to Corrupt; Facilitating a Violation of the Law (§ 6301(a)(1)(i))

  • First Degree Misdemeanor
  • Up to Five Years in Prison, and;
  • Maximum fine of $10,000, and;
  • Loss of firearm rights under § 6105(b)

Engaging in or Encouraging a Course of Sexual Conduct with a Minor (§ 6301(a)(1)(ii))

  • Third-degree Felony
  • Up to seven years in prison, and;
  • Maximum $15,000 fine, and;
  • 15-year Megan’s Law Registration Requirement, and;
  • Loss of firearm rights under § 6105(b)

It’s important to note that penalties may include a lifetime prohibition of the possession of a firearm and a requirement to register on the Pennsylvania Sex Offenders Registry (Megan’s Law), which can severely restrict where you are able to live and work.

How Shrager Defense Attorneys Can Help

If you were arrested for corrupting a minor or think you may soon face charges, it is important you call Attorney David Shrager right away for a free legal consultation. He can help you better understand your charges and options for the best defense.

Even though the age of consent in PA is 16 years of age, you might still find yourself facing a Corruption of Minor charge for consensual sexual intercourse. Several defense strategies could be employed to win your case including credibility, mistake as to age and other technical defenses.

There are many defenses against sex crimes and we work hard to build the strongest defense possible to win your case.

Don’t be scared; be prepared™. At Shrager Defense Attorneys, we have been very successful in winning difficult cases in Pennsylvania.

We treat every case as our most important case and will work aggressively to help you have your charges reduced or withdrawn.

Do not leave your situation to chance. Hire an experienced and successful Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Lawyer to determine the best course of action to help you maintain your freedom and preserve your reputation.

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