Middle River, MD asked in Juvenile Law for Maryland

Q: Does maryland have romeo and juliet law (close in age exemption)

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: 16 is the age of consent in Maryland. When the youngest partner is under 16 years of age, and the older partner is not 4 or more years older than the younger partner, then consensual sexual intercourse is legal in Maryland, but illegal if the older partner is 4 years or more older. However, if the older partner is an adult (18 or older), then sexual intercourse with anyone under 18 is subject to an additional restriction: the adult cannot be a person with supervisory responsibility or authority over the minor partner, such as a teacher, coach, counselor, work supervisor, baby sitter, or a member of the minor's household (even if not related).

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