This means it does not matter if someone has a good-faith, mistaken belief or was even lied to - they will still be held criminally liable.
If you believe you may be liable for violating age of consent laws in Virginia, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
Statutory rape laws are premised on the assumption that minors are incapable of giving informed consent to sexual activities.
Their incapacity is written into the statute—hence the term, “statutory” rape.
Explanation – and carnally know a child aged 13-14 without the use of force, you are committing a Class 4 felony.
If force was involved you would be committing a more serious crime. If any person carnally knows, without the use of force, a child thirteen years of age or older but under fifteen years of age who consents to sexual intercourse and the accused is a minor and such consenting child is three years or more the accused’s junior, the accused shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.
In Virginia, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone younger than 15), even if the sex is consensual.
Those who break the law have committed statutory rape.
** A felony is the most serious category of offenses.
Statutory rape is prosecuted under Virginia’s rape, carnal knowledge, and juvenile delinquency laws.
Penalties depend on the ages of the defendant and victim, and the conduct that occurred, as described below.
Your parents have the right to “custody and control” of you.
Custody and control means you must obey your parents unless they ask you to break the law, and they must take care of you. Your parents are no longer legally responsible, nor do they have legal control over you.