Legal age for dating

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Prosecution for the examples cited above are rare, but they illustrate the nature of Illinois’ age of consent law.

An arrest and criminal prosecution is much more likely when there is any type of disparity in age.

Because of this, many teenagers find themselves in situations in which they are near in age to each other, but still technically violating Illinois law.

For example, an 18-year-old high school senior having sexual relations with a 16-year-old high school junior could be found guilty of criminal sexual abuse. In Illinois, when a person commits a sexual act with someone under the age of 17, but over the age of 13, and the person is less than 5 years older than the minor, he or she is guilty of criminal sexual abuse – even if both participants believed the sex was consensual.

Again, consent is a legal term, not a factual term.

Illinois has multiple laws in place to protect minors from sexual exploitation.

These laws range from those aimed at from protecting minors from being solicited for sex to being photographed or filmed indecently.

In other words, the accused had a valid reason to believe that the other persons age was at, or beyond, the legal age of consent.You can reach us by phone at 815-723-5600 or via e-mail.For your convenience, weekend appointments are available.Much of the evidence in age of consent cases tends to be circumstantial.Based on the specific details of your case and the strength of the prosecution’s evidence, former prosecutor Steven Haney will advise you about your legal options and give you his best recommendation with regard to negotiating a plea or fighting the charges in court.

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