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New Jersey and statutory rape

Statutory rape does not require force. In the majority of cases, both participants have agreed to have relations with each other. However, if someone is not of the age of consent, they are not legally able to consent to having intercourse. As a result, someone who is an adult is considered to be guilty of statutory rape if they have intercourse with someone below the age of consent.

The age of consent may vary from state to state, and it generally ranges from 16 to 18. In most states, even if someone thought that the person was of the age of consent, they can still be convicted of statutory rape. However, even states that allow the argument of ignorance of age do not allow this argument to be made if the individual was very young, and this is generally for those under 14 years of age.

There are also some states that have "Romeo and Juliet laws", which take into account whether the two individuals are very close in age. Conversely, it is also common for individuals who are much older to face stiffer penalties for conviction.

Being convicted of a sexual crime can have a negative effect on someone's professional life for years to come. Prosecutors and judges have a fair amount of leeway in determining how someone is charged, and statutory rape can either be a felony or misdemeanor. A lawyer may be able to assist someone in developing a defense against charges, and legal counsel may also be able to arrange for a plea bargain that changes the charges or severity of penalties that an individual faces.

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