Law on dating minors in maryland Lady chatterley sex scene

Later that evening my client and the girl went into one of the unoccupied rooms.My client advised her that he believed her that she was 18 but because of his friend going to prison for having sex with an underage girl, he was scared of “jail-bait”.The law states that if an adult 4 years or more older than the child under 16, engages in sexual conduct with that child, he is guilty – period.

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This strict liability standard can be terribly unfair to the defendant in certain circumstances including a recent client of mine.

My client, who was just 19 years old at the time of the offense, rented several connecting hotel rooms one evening to throw a party.

He advised me that because of this he adopted a policy of asking a girl for identification before “hooking up” with her as some girls look much older than they are.

On this night he met a girl who he ended up hanging out with for several hours during the party.

Unfortunately for my client, it turned out that the driver’s license she had was not hers but instead was that of her sister, who was 18 and as is common with sisters, looked quite similar to this girl.

It turned out that this girl was actually 15 years old – 15 years 9 months to be exact. Ultimately, the girl stayed out way past her curfew and, after calling several of her friends, her parents determined her location.

The intention was to get intoxicated and hopefully “hook up” with some girls – certainly not an unusual practice for 19 year olds.

My client advised me that he was acutely aware of the danger of having sex with underage girls because a friend of his had recently gone to prison for doing so.

He father went to the hotel and called the police, who knocked on the door.

My client answered the door half asleep in his boxers.

In other words, it may or may not be illegal for an 19 year old to have sex with a 15 year old or a 18 year old to have sex with a 14 year old depending upon when the participants birthdays occur.

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