The age of consent refers to the age in which a person is capable of consenting to sexual intercourse with another. If the victim is under the age of consent, then it will be legally impossible for the victim to consent to sexual intercourse whatsoever. And as a result, the culprit will be found guilty of statutory rape.
Age of Consent in Louisiana
In Louisiana, age of consent laws are more complicated than those of most other states.
There is no definite age of when a minor may consent to sex in Louisiana. Instead, it varies depending on a few factors, such as the age of both parties, and the age difference, if any, between them.
In regards to the age difference, Louisiana is unique because it allows a larger age gap between younger minors than older minors. A person between the ages of 13 and 15 can consent to have sex with someone who is up to 3 years older than them, but a person between the ages of 15 and 17 may consent to sex only if the other person is 2 years older or less. For example, in terms of a 3 years age difference, a 13 year old can consent to sex with a person who is 16 years old, but a 15 year old may not consent to sex with a 18 year old.
However, a person 17 or older can consent to have sex with a person of any age.
What about Homosexual Conduct?
The age of consent only applies directly to heterosexual conduct. However, age of consent laws generally apply to homosexual conduct as well.
Old Louisiana laws prohibit all homosexual conduct, regardless of the age of the partners. However, such laws, as applied to consenting adults in private situations, have been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Consulting an Attorney
If you are concerned about your prior sexual conduct, a qualified Louisiana lawyer can provided you more information if there is a legal basis for a case. As a criminal lawyer, she can also help you file the appropriate court papers and represent you in your legal matters.