Fredericksburg, VA asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Virginia

Q: Is it legal to have a sexual relationship when both are minors?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In general, sexual activity between minors may be illegal even if both parties consent, as they are below the legal age of consent. There are sometimes "close-in-age exemptions" that reduce or eliminate criminal charges if both parties are close in age, but the specifics depend on local laws.

I would strongly advise speaking to a lawyer, counselor, doctor, or other qualified professional for guidance on this very serious matter, rather than seeking information online. They can provide accurate, confidential advice based on the specific circumstances and applicable laws. The wellbeing and safety of the minors involved should be the top priority.

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