What can happen if my brother just turned 21 and his fiance is 16 but she might be pregnant?

Her parents hate him and do not know about them but they do love each other very much and will do anything to stay together. What can they do?

Asked on April 18, 2014 under Criminal Law, Washington


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If the girl was 16 at the time of sexual intercourse, then no crime was committed; if she was less than 16, however, then he committed the crime commonly known as "statutory rape" and could face criminal charges. (If that were the case, he should retain an attorney.)

If she is 16, she could marry him without her parent's permission in your state.

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