Question: What is the legal age gap to date in Washington?

Generally speaking, the age at which someone can legally consent to sex in Washington is 16, so having sex with anyone younger than 16 is usually illegal for an adult who is not close in age to a young person.

Is the 2 year age gap illegal in WA?

In Washington, there is a Romeo and Juliet exemption for consensual sex between a minor younger than 12 and another minor who is not more than two years older (three years older for sexual contact without penetration).

In Washington State, the age of consent for participation in sexual activity is 16 years old. Once an individual reaches the age of 16, they can legally consent to sexual activity with a legal adult who is 18 years of age or older.

Can a 17 year old date a 23 year old in Washington?

3 attorney answers As the other answers point out, it may technically be legal for a 23 year-old to have sex with a 17 year-old, because the age of consent in Washington is 16.

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