Is it legal for a 16 year old to date and have sex with a 27 year old?


What’s the law about this issue? Does consent mean a 16 year old is old enough to decide that on their own?

Asked on September 11, 2016 under Criminal Law, Indiana


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In IN, the "age of consent" is 16 years old. This means that a person of that age has the legal capacity to choose to engage in voluntary sexual relationships, so long as the other party is also at least 16. 

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