In Oklahoma, the age of consent for sexual intercourse is 16 years old for both males and females. The age of consent is the minimum legal age in which a person has the mental capacity to consent to sexual intercourse with another person. This mainly refers to a minor engaging in intercourse with adult.
Exception for Minors
Similar to other states, Oklahoma law provides for an exception when we are concerned about the conduct between two individuals who are both below the age of consent, but close to the same age.
The general rule of thumb is that an individual over the age of 14 can consent to sex with another individual who is under 18.
What about Heterosexual Conduct?
Oklahoma currently does not have a valid statute that provides an age of consent specifically for homosexual conduct. However, it can be assumed that it is the same as for heterosexual conduct.
Punishment for Offenders
Oklahoma state statute provides for punishment as severe as the death penalty for violations of its age of consent laws. However, The Supreme Court held that states may not impose the death penalty for statutory rape (i.e. not consensual sex with a child). Therefore, it is exceedingly unlikely that such a punishment would actually be imposed. Nevertheless, this indicates how seriously Oklahoma takes sex with minors and their likelihood to impose strict punishments.
Should I Consult an Attorney?
If you find yourself in a situation where you may have had intercourse with a minor, then a criminal defense lawyer can help you. He can advise you on your proper course of action and help determine whether you have any valid defenses.