Find the right lawyer now

Illinois Age of Consent Lawyers

Find a Local Criminal Lawyer near You

What Is the Age of Consent for Sex in Illinois?

In Illinois, the age of consent to engage in sex is 17 years old. This applies to both heterosexual and homosexual acts.

It should be noted that in Illinois, if both parties are below the age of consent, it is illegal for them to have sex, even if they are the same age. So, in Illinois, if a 16-year-old couple has sex, they are both committing a crime, and each partner is simultaneously a victim and an offender.

While it is always illegal for partners under the age of consent to have sex, if they are close to the same age, the crime is mitigated. For example, if the parties are between the age of 13 and 17, and within 5 years of each other, the punishment for them having sex would be, at most, 1 year in prison.

However, if one of the parties in Illinois is more than 5 years older than the minor, the penalty is 3 to 7 years in prison.

Seeking Legal Help

If you have been accused of statutory rape, you should consult with a criminal defense lawyer in Illinois immediately.

Photo of page author Ken LaMance

, LegalMatch Law Library Managing Editor and Attorney at Law

Last Modified: 03-23-2015 10:39 AM PDT

Law Library Disclaimer
  • No fee to present your case
  • Choose from lawyers in your area
  • A 100% confidential service
What is LegalMatch?

We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.