Question: Is there a Romeo and Juliet law in South Carolina?

South Carolina does not have a close in age exemption, often referred to as a “Romeo and Juliet” law. In some states, these laws exist to prevent individuals who are close in age to each other from prosecution under statutory rape laws.

Can a 16 year old date a 24 year old in South Carolina?

No. The age of sexual consent is 16. You must be very careful what information you post on a website like Avvo.com or any other public access website. Anything you say here is not privileged and can be used against you in any court proceeding.

Can a 30 year old date a 16 year old in South Carolina?

South Carolina does not have a close-in-age exemption. Because there is no such Romeo and Juliet law in South Carolina, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 16 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare.

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