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What Is the Age of Consent in the District of Columbia?

In the District of Columbia, the age of consent for sex is 16 years old. Unlike some other states, the District of Columbia does not have a separate law for homosexual conduct. Furthermore, the law is written in gender-neutral language, so it appears to apply equally to heterosexual as well as homosexual conduct.

The District of Columbia, like many states, makes exceptions to its age of consent laws when the actors are close to the same age. Statutory rape only occurs in D.C. if there is more than a four-year difference between the victim and the perpetrator. Therefore, a person as young as 12 could have sex with a 15-year-old and not engage in statutory rape because the age difference between the two is less than four years.

What Does A Statutory Rape Accusation Mean In D.C.?

The punishments for violations of age of consent laws are quite harsh in D.C., and may include fines in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, along with life in prison. However, the District of Columbia does lessen the punishment if the defendant is in a serious relationship with the victim and the defendant is over the age of 18, but that sentence may still involve seven and a half years in prison.

Your best hope of avoiding a prison sentence for statutory rape is to contact a District of Columbia lawyer who is skilled in criminal defense.

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Last Modified: 12-03-2013 12:43 PM PST

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