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Kansas Teens Lack Protections Provided by Romeo and Juliet Laws

Kansas Teens Lack Protections Provided by Romeo and Juliet Laws

The story of Romeo and Juliet is one that many of us are familiar with-- a tale of young love. What many people don’t know, however, are the laws in place in many states with the same name.

Close in Age Exemptions

Some states have “Romeo and Juliet laws,” better known as close in age exemptions. These laws allow individuals under the age of consent to have legal sexual intercourse with an older partner by protecting them against the harsh legal penalties that are typically associated with violating the age of consent law.

Kansas Age of Consent

Unfortunately, Kansas is one of the states that has no Romeo and Juliet laws. In Kansas, the age of consent is 16, and there is no close in age exemption available.

What does this mean?

It means that, in Kansas, any individual who is 15 or younger cannot legally participate in sexual activity of any kind. Doing so could result in statutory rape charges, which could lead to a long legal battle.

Statutory Rape - Statutory rape is consensual sexual intercourse with an individual who is under the age of 16.

Although the intercourse may have been consensual by both parties if one individual is under the age of consent, their consent has no legal power; essentially rendering it useless. Being found guilty of statutory rape could lead to having to register as a sex offender along with fines, and in some cases, jail time.

It’s important to note, however, that while Kansas has no Romeo and Juliet exemption, individuals are punished much less severely than they would for sexual contact between a child and an adult (Kansas Statute § 21-5507).

Working with an experienced Kansas criminal defense attorney can help give you or your loved one the best chance of fighting your charges.

Stein Law, LLC Can Help

If you or a loved one has been charged with statutory rape in Kansas, time is of the essence when it comes to protecting your name and future. Even without being found guilty, a statutory rape charge can have a serious impact on your life.

At Stein Law, LLC, our team of trusted Kansas City criminal defense attorneys has been helping individuals fight their sex crime charges and move forward with their lives for countless years.

Call us today (913) 583-0465 to learn more over a confidential consultation.


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