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In West Virginia, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor who is younger than 18, even if the sex is consensual.
Those who break the law have committed statutory rape.
Of course, rape that does involve an assault is illegal in West Virginia (see West Virginia Sexual Battery Laws).
Assaults of a sexual nature may also be charged under the state’s assault and battery laws (to learn more, see Aggravated Assault Laws in West Virginia) or the state’s child molestation and enticement laws.
And for information about rape between spouses, see West Virginia Marital Rape Laws.
Penalties include a fine of up to 0, up to 90 days in jail, or both. But if Jen and Tony are and living in West Virginia, Tony need not fear criminal charges for having consensual sex with Jen. Code § 61-8B-3 & 61-8B-5.) Unlike normal rape charges, consent is not usually a defense to statutory rape.
Named after Shakespeare’s young lovers, “Romeo and Juliet” exceptions are intended to prevent serious criminal charges against teenagers who engage in consensual sex with others close to their own age.
In West Virginia, there is a Romeo and Juliet exemption for consensual sex between a minor who was 15 or younger when the defendant was also 15 or younger fewer than four years older than the minor; or when the minor was 11 or younger and the defendant was 13 or younger.
A lawyer can evaluate the strength of the prosecution’s case against you and help develop any defenses that might apply to your case.
A lawyer can often negotiate with the prosecutor for a lesser charge or a reduction in penalties (such as, for example, probation instead of prison time); and will know how prosecutors and judges typically handle cases like yours.