In Maryland, the age of consent to have sex is 16. Any two people over the age of 16 may consent to have sex with each other, regardless of any age disparity between them.
Like most states, there are some situations in Maryland where people under the age of consent may legally have sex, as long as there is only a small age difference between them.
In Maryland, persons aged between 14 and 16 may consent to sex as long as the other partner is not more than 4 years older.
Maryland’s age of consent law applies differently if the older partner is in a position of trust or authority over the younger partner. This might include teachers, coaches, employers, and clergy, among others. In such cases, it is best to assume that the age of consent is 18, or even 21.
Maryland’s age of consent laws apply only to heterosexual conduct. They is no official age of consent for homosexual conduct.
If you’ve had sex with an under age minor and feel you might be liable for criminal prosecution, you may want to consult with a criminal defense attorney in Maryland to find out what your options are to avoid criminal penalties or being required to register as a sex offender.