In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which a
person is considered legally of age to consent to participate in sexual acts.
In Maryland, the age of consent is
16 years old. This means that any two people who are 16 years of age or older may consent
to have sex with each other, regardless of the age disparity between them.
Furthermore, individuals aged between 14 and 16 may consent to sexual
intercourse, as long as the other partner is no more than four years older.
However, this law applies differently if the older partner is in a position
or authority or trust over the younger partner. This might include teachers,
coaches, employers, and others. In such instances, the age of consent
is typically 18 or 21, depending on the situation.
Accused of Statutory Rape in Maryland?
If you’ve engaged in sexual intercourse with an underage minor and
feel you may be subject to criminal prosecution, it is imperative to consult
with a criminal defense attorney to determine your options in order to
avoid criminal penalties. Keep in mind,
statutory rape is punishable by prison time, fines, and registration as a sexual offender.
If you were arrested for a criminal offense in Maryland,
contact a Salisbury criminal defense attorney at
William R. Hall, P.A. for a
free consultation today.