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

Q: So recently my gf parents got mad at me for having a sexual relationship when me and my gf were (15 M) & (14F)

I was wondering if that was illegal now that I'm 19 and she's 18 would I get in trouble for that?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Based on the information you've provided, it seems that when you and your girlfriend engaged in a sexual relationship, you were both minors under the age of consent in Virginia, which is 18 years old.

In this situation, even though you were close in age, the close-in-age exemption in Virginia (also known as the "Romeo and Juliet law") does not apply, as it only covers consensual sexual activity between a minor aged 15, 16, or 17 and an adult who is less than three years older than the minor.

Engaging in sexual activity with someone under the age of 15 is considered a serious offense in Virginia, regardless of the age of the other party. However, now that you are both over the age of 18, your past sexual relationship as minors would not likely result in criminal charges being pursued against you.

It's important to understand that while you may not face legal consequences now, engaging in sexual activity with minors can have serious legal ramifications and should be avoided. If you have concerns about your past actions or your girlfriend's parents' reactions, it may be beneficial to consult with a legal professional or a counselor who can provide more personalized advice based on your specific circumstances.

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