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New Jersey's age of consent laws

If you are like most people in New Jersey, you have become aware of the many media stories across the nation that report on alleged sexual abuse or contact between adults and minors. This might include teachers being found in bed with students for example. In some cases, criminal charges are levied against the adult in the matter. Every state has its own laws when it comes to statutory rape or other offenses like endangering the welfare of a child or child lewdness. The age of the youngest person involved often is a factor in determining what if any charges are faced.

According to Age of Consent, a person who is at least 16 years old is legally able to agree to participate in sexual activity with another person in New Jersey in most cases. However, if someone who is 16 or 17 years old has some form of sexual contact or relations with a tutor, a coach, a counselor, a guardian or some other person who logically has some type of power or authority over the teenager, then the age of consent jumps to 18.

There is also a provision in the law for two young people to legally engage in sexual activity if they are within four years of age of each other. This means that a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old or a 15-year-old and an 18-year-old may legally consent to sex with each other.

If you would like to learn more about what types of circumstances might contribute to a charge of statutory rape in New Jersey, please feel free to visit the sexual assualt crimes page of our New Jersey criminal defense website.

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