In Oregon, the age of consent for sex is 18 years old. This applies to everyone; it applies to both men and women, and to both heterosexual and homosexual conduct.
Exceptions for Adolescents
Unlike many other states, Oregon has made exceptions in its age of consent laws for adolescents who are under the age of consent, but are close to the same age. In general, anyone 14 years or older can consent to have sex with someone who is no more than 3 years older than them. The older adolescent will not be accused of statutory rape if there was valid consent.
Penalties for Violating Age of Consent Laws
The penalties for violating Oregon’s age of consent law are fairly stiff, but their severity is consistent with many other states in the country.
For example, second-degree rape means having sex with someone who is under the age of 14. If the offender is more than 3 years older than the victim, this crime carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
First-degree rape is the same crime, except the victim is aged 12 or younger. This carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
Consulting an Attorney
If you are accused of rape or are a victim of rape, then a criminal lawyer can help you. An experienced lawyer can either clear your name or help you seek legal recourse. He can help you file the appropriate paperwork in court and speak on your behalf.