Question: How does age of consent work in Maryland?

In Maryland, the age of consent is 16 which means anyone under that age is not legally considered to be able to give consent to have sexual intercourse, regardless of whether they say they want to or regardless of how old they look.

Can a 17 year old date a 21 year old in Maryland?

Yes it is legal. Your parents may not be thrilled, and you are still under their care and control for another few months. As earlier stated, consentual sex is legal so long as the age difference is less than 4 years or you turn 18.

Marylands statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual intercourse or a sexual act with an individual under the age of 14 and the person performing the act is at least 4 years older than the victim/minor. Charges can vary based on the age differences between the victim and the offender.

Can a 30 year old date a 16 year old in Maryland?

Romeo and Juliet laws protect consensual sex between a minor and someone who may be a certain age older than the minor. As long as the age difference between the couple is within three years of each other and the minor is over the age of 14, a sexual relationship will not be considered statutory rape.

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