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Nov 6, 2023

What is The Illinois Age of Consent?

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As you may know, each state has its own age of consent laws. Do you know what the age of consent is for Illinois? It is seventeen years old. Continue reading to find out exactly what this means and what could happen if this law is not obeyed.

The Age of Consent in Illinois is 17

In Illinois, the minimum age that one must be to consent to participate in sexual activity is seventeen years old. People who are sixteen or younger are not legally able to consent to sexual activity. Sexual activity involving a minor can result in prosecution for statutory rape.

No Close-in-Age Exemption

Some states have a close-in-age exemption, commonly known as “Romeo and Juliet Laws.” These laws are put into place to prevent teens engaging in sexual activity from being prosecuted if they are close in age and one or both partners are below the age of consent. Illinois does not have these laws. Even if both individuals engaging in sexual intercourse are under the age of consent, you could be prosecuted for statutory rape.

Penalties for Disobeying Age of Consent Laws

The penalties for disobeying this law in Illinois depend on the circumstances. For example, if you are charged with criminal sexual abuse, it is considered a Class A misdemeanor, and you will face less than one year in prison. On the other hand, if you are charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, it is considered a Class X felony, and you will face 30-60 years in prison.

Understanding these laws in your state is particularly important. If you or a loved one is facing a sexual crime charge, do not hesitate to contact us today at 314-721-7113. Fast and effective defense is crucial.