Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means.While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.The laws regarding unde age and consensual sex are complex, and punishments for convictions are extremely punative.
The basic provisions of Illinois rape laws are listed in the following table.
First conviction: Class 1 felony (4-15 years in prison); second conviction: Class X felony (30-60 years or life in prison); aggravated criminal sexual assault (use of a weapon, death threats, victim under the age of 8 or mentally retarded, etc.): Class X felony (6-30 years mandatory prison, with possible extension up to life in prison).
While kids feel like they’ve been grownups for years, their parents remain on the “You’re not old enough yet” side.
When it comes to the law, however, the line is generally pretty clear in separating minors and adults.
Until they turn 18 or are they are emancipated, juveniles will generally be treated as such in criminal cases, including age and status offenses.
Additional Resources for Legal Age Laws State laws can change frequently.
Legal Responsibilities of Minors and Parents While Illinois sets the default age of majority at 18, there is a legal process by which a minor can become an adult in the eyes of the law.
The emancipation of a minor allows him or her to be responsible for his or her own wellbeing and make all of his or her own major decisions regarding healthcare, school, and other matters.
You can visit Find Law’s family law section to continue your own research.
Find a Local Family Law Attorney for Your Legal Needs There are several age-related rules and restrictions in most state laws, often to protect minors, but your particular situation may be more complicated and require professional legal help.
For example, while a fourteen-year old may not be allowed to drink until age 21 or vote until age 18, he or she might be old enough to be sued in court for intentionally injuring someone else or damaging property.