Is the legal age of consent 16? 57 Answers as of June 26, 2013

I have been told many times that the legal age of consent in is 16. Is this true?

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Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C.
Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. | Loren Dickstein
That may be the legal age of consent but that does not mean you are ready or that you are capable of understanding Michigan's complex criminal sexual conduct, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, assault, and child pornography laws. I suggest you listen to your parents as there is a very good chance they are looking out for your best interests.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/5/2011
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
In Michigan, the legal age of consent for sexual activity is 16 years old.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/2/2011
Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
Yes, the legal age to consent to sexual activity in Michigan is the age of 16.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/24/2011
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
No it is 18 in California.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/23/2011
Law Offices of John J. Connors, Esq.
Law Offices of John J. Connors, Esq. | John J. Connors, Esq.
I assume you are talking about sexual relations. The age of consent for touching is 14 in Massachusetts. The age of consent is 16 for intercourse. A person must be careful, however. If the child is under 18 there is a charge in Massachusetts for "enticing a child under 18" to have sex. Therefore, an older adult should not be trying to get together with a child under 18.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 8/23/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    If you mean the legal age for consensual sexual relations in NY it is not 16 . It is 17. However for other things it is 18 and for drinking it is 21.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Rose & Rose | Terry Rose
    No. Age 18 in Wisconsin.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/9/2013
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    I assume that you mean the legal age of consent for consensual sex. The legal age is 16.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    If you mean the age of consent for sex then it is true. However anyone who starts having sex at 16 usually screws up their life for good so it is still not a good idea even if legal. Taking pictures of someone, of a sexual nature, is illegal if they are under 18 howver. They can have sex just can't be photographed.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/20/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    Consent for what? If you are asking about the age of consent to engage in sexual relations, then, yes, it's 16.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/20/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Gotta love all that free advice. Anyone under 18 is a minor, and can not legally consent to sex, if that is what you are getting at. Does the term statutory rape ring a bell? If you are charged with such a crime against a minor, you can try to argue consent as one of your defenses. Of course you can fight the charges. When arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a test, search or confession be used against you, and can you be convicted, and what can you do? Raise all possible defenses with whatever admissible and credible witnesses, evidence, facts and sympathies are available for legal arguments, for evidence suppression or other motions, or at trial. If you don't know how to do these things effectively, then hire an attorney that does, who will try to get a dismissal, diversion, reduction or other decent outcome through plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/20/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    Consent for what?
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    The Chastaine Law Office
    The Chastaine Law Office | Michael Chastaine
    In California the age of consent is 18. In many other states it is 16 but not in California.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    The legal age of consent is 18. But, if two minors are involved then there are special rules.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Gutin and Wolverton
    Gutin and Wolverton | Harley Gutin
    Consent to sex? A sixteen year old may have sex with any person who is sixteen years or older but under the age of 24. An eighteen year old may have sex with any person over the age of sixteen.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/2/2011
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    The age of consent in California is 18. (PC 261.5(a)). Having sex with someone who is under 18 is a felony. If there is a 3 year or less difference in age, it can be a wobbler (misdemeanor or felony). (PC 261.5(c)). Someone who is younger than 21 and has sex with someone who is older than 16 can be charged with a wobbler. (PC 261.5(d))
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/20/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    If the person having sex with that person is under 21.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    The Geller Firm
    The Geller Firm | Marc B Geller
    No. It's 18.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    No. Try 18.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    If you're referring to consent for sexual conduct the age is 18 years old. At 16 years old, the defendant would probably be charged with statutory rape instead of child molestation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    A woman cannot legally consent to have sexual intercourse or engage in any sexual act before the age of 17 in New York State. In the U.S. the age of consent varies from 16 to 18. In Canada the age of consent is 16. If you have sex with a woman under the age of consent you may be charges with statutory rape even if the woman or child "consents" or does not complain or report the sex. She cannot legally agree or consent to have sex until her 17th birthday.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    In California it is 18.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    It depends on the offense, and the difference in the ages of the actors, but it's really 18 in Oregon. A 18-year-old could be prosecuted for some sex offenses for having sexual contact with a person one day short of the eighteenth birthday. Such prosecutions are rare, but not unknown.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    The Law Office of Lewis R. Rosenblum
    The Law Office of Lewis R. Rosenblum | Lewis Rosenblum
    No, the legal age of consent is 18.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    LynchLaw
    LynchLaw | Michael Thomas Lynch
    You have been misinformed. In CA the age to consent is 18. While individuals can marry before that date, outside of marriage the legal age is still 18.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Law Offices of Dan Bacal | Dan Bacal
    In California, the age of consent for sexual purposes is generally age 18.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    In Michigan, consent is not a defense in a CSC case involving someone under 16. Therefore, the age of "consent" is 16. At and after this age, if a defendant has sexual relations with the 16-yr-old or more person, the defendant can assert the defense that the person consented to have relations. I hope that this was helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    No.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/9/2013
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