Laws regarding minors dating adults
In Washington State, the age of consent for sex is 16 years old.
This means that a relationship considered “safe” one day, can become illegal the next day if a birthday or graduation from high school occurs.Certainly, anytime non- consensual sexual activity occurs, additional and extremely serious felony sex assault charges will be filed against the offending party. Let’s say an 18 boy meets a precocious girl who appears to be a “safe” 17 years of age. The girl tells her friend who tells her mother who calls the police because she knows the girl to be 15, not 17.She claims she is 17, says she’s in the 11th grade in another school and looks every bit the part. That boy could well be charged because even though he was mistaken about her age, he should have made reasonable attempts to determine her age. Did he question her family or friends about her age?This means that any person 17 years old or younger in our state, unless legally married, is considered incapable of agreeing to sexual behavior and therefore any sexual behavior they are engaged in (heterosexual or homosexual) is illegal.The relevant criminal charge in our state is felony Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, commonly known in other states as statutory rape.In Washington, a minor as young as 11 can consent to sex with someone, as long as that person is 2 years older or less.
Minors who are 12 to 13 years old can consent to sex with someone who is 3 years older or less.
If you are accused of statutory rape or are a victim of rape, then a criminal lawyer can help you.
An experienced Washington lawyer can either clear your name or help you seek legal recourse.
He can help you file the appropriate paperwork in court and speak on your behalf.
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29-Jun-2010 Every parent knows the worry that comes when teenage children fall in love.