Louisiana Age of Consent Lawyers
What is the Age of Consent for Sex in Louisiana?
Louisiana’s age of consent laws are more complicated than the laws of most other states.
Like most states, there is no hard and fast age of when a minor may consent to sex in Louisiana. It varies depending on a few factors, such as the age of both parties, and the age difference, if any, between them.
Louisiana is one of the only states in which a larger age difference is allowed for younger minors than for older minors. A person between the ages of 13 and 15 can consent to have sex with someone 3 years older or less. A person between the ages of 15 or 17 may consent to sex only if the other person is 2 years older or less.
A person 17 or older can consent to have sex with a person of any age, which makes this the closest thing that Louisiana has to a hard and fast age of consent.
The law in Louisiana only applies to heterosexual conduct. Louisiana has laws on the books which prohibit all homosexual conduct, regardless of the age of the partners. Such laws, as applied to consenting adults in private situations, have been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Because if this, it is not clear what the age of consent in Louisiana is for homosexual conduct. State courts will have some discretion in answering such questions, until and unless the state legislature clarifies the issue.
A qualified Louisiana lawyer can provided you more information if there is a legal basis for a case.For more local legal information, please see these pages:
- Baton Rouge LA Lawyers
- Gretna LA Lawyers
- Houma LA Lawyers
- Lafayette LA Lawyers
- Metairie LA Lawyers
- New Orleans LA Lawyers
- Shreveport LA Lawyers
- Caddo Parish LA Lawyers
- Calcasieu Parish LA Lawyers
- East Baton Rouge Parish LA Lawyers
- Evangeline Parish LA Lawyers
- Jefferson Parish LA Lawyers
- Lafayette Parish LA Lawyers
- Orleans Parish LA Lawyers
- St. Tammany Parish LA Lawyers
- Terrebonne Parish LA Lawyers
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Last Modified: 09-06-2012 11:31 AM PDT
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