In New Jersey, the age of consent for sexual conduct is 16 years old. This applies to both heterosexual and homosexual conduct. As a general matter, this means that a person who is 16 years old can generally consent to have sex with any adult, regardless of age.
Like most other states, New Jersey’s laws allow for consensual sex between minors below the age of consent, if they are close to the same age.
In New Jersey, a person aged 13 or older can generally consent to have sex with anyone who is no more than 4 years older. Nobody under the age of 13 can legally consent to sex, regardless of the age of their partner.
The penalties for violating New Jersey’s age of consent are fairly stiff, but in line with the majority of other states. The crime of aggravated sexual assault, which is sex with a person under the age of 13, carries a penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison.
If you have encountered a legal issues involving the age of consent laws in New Jersey, you should seek help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Last Modified: 12-19-2017 11:44 PM PSTLaw Library Disclaimer
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