The age of consent can be an important distinction in cases involving the
solicitation of a minor or other charges involving a minor. Indiana has several laws pertaining
to the age of consent. Learn more about these laws, and what is considered
the age of consent in Indiana.
The Age of Consent
In Indiana, the age of consent is 16 years old. At this age, a minor can
legally consent to sexual activity with an individual over the age of
18 without being considered statutory rape.
Romeo & Juliet Laws
Indiana has a so-called “Romeo and Juliet Law,” which allows
14 and 15 year-olds to engage in consensual sexual activity with a peer
who is no more than 4 years older than them. This is an important protection
for young couples, who may have an age gap of only a few years.
Sex Crimes Involving Minors
Anyone under the age of 16 is unable to consent to sexual activity with
anyone over the age of 20. Any prohibited sexual contact with minors is
considered a felony. Aggravating factors, such as the use of a deadly
weapon or force, causing serious bodily injury, or using date rape drugs,
can increase the severity of the charges to a Level 1 or 2 felony, depending
on the original charge
If an individual is under the age of 14, they are considered a child and
are not legally able to consent to sexual activity. Any sexual activity
with a child younger than 14 is considered child molestation and is a
Level 3 felony offense. It can become a Level 1 felony if there are aggravating
factors or the adult was over the age of 21.
If you have been charged with a
sex crime involving a minor, your freedom and reputation are at stake. Speak with
our Fort Wayne sex crimes attorneys today. At
Arnold Terrill, P.C., we are supported by more than 50 years of collective legal experience,
and we will seek the best possible defense strategies for your case.
Contact our firm to request a
free phone consultation today. Call (888) 912-7220.