Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile
What is carnal knowledge of a juvenile?
Carnal knowledge includes the acts of sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, analingus, anal intercourse, and animate or inanimate object sexual penetration. In criminal law, carnal knowledge can have different meanings in different jurisdictions. The term itself is used to define specific sex acts including sexual intercourse, sodomy and/or oral sex, depending on the jurisdiction.
Carnal knowledge is also used to denote adulterous sexual intercourse, or sex with a minor or a person below the age of consent. Sometimes, in judicial or legal usage, “carnal knowledge” and “statutory rape” are interchangeable terms. Below are answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about carnal knowledge.
If someone is convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, can they visit the juvenile after being released from jail?
This is dependent on the conviction and sentence decreed by the judge. In such cases, there is nearly always a condition: you must refrain from being around that particular juvenile. Sometimes, even if registration as a sex offender isn’t required, the convicted person can’t be around any juveniles.
What does rape by instrumentation mean?
When carnal knowledge that is not sexual intercourse occurs with a person without his or her consent leads to penetration of the anus or vagina by any inanimate object or any part of the human body, it is referred to as rape by instrumentation. This can occur within or outside the boundaries of matrimony. Based on this definition, any object or human body part is considered an “instrument” of rape.
In Louisiana, is it a felony if a 17-year-old boy has consensual sex with a 14-year-old girl while dating?
The incident described is a misdemeanor since the boy is 17 years old. It would be a felony if he were 19 years or older. A misdemeanor of carnal knowledge of a juvenile is committed if a person who is 17 years but less than 19 years of age has consensual sexual intercourse with a partner who is 15 years of age or less than 17 years of age and they aren’t married.
The misdemeanor occurs even when the difference of age between the offender and victim is more than two years. This can be reported to the police. The punishment for a misdemeanor of this nature is up to six months of jail.
Can a 42-year-old male from New York have sex with his 16- year old girlfriend from Virginia?
The consent age for sex in Virginia is 18 years of age. It is illegal in New York as well, since the age of consent is 17 years. The jurisdiction where sex occurs is what decides if carnal knowledge is an offense or not. Laws may vary from state to state.
Section 18.2-371 of the Virginia Code, applicable in this case, is concerned with acts which encourage or cause children to become delinquent or abused. The section elaborates that any person age 18 or older is punishable, including the parent of the child, when they willingly contribute, encourage, or cause any act or condition which makes the child delinquent, or renders them in need of services or supervision.
It also states that if consensual sexual intercourse occurs with a child 15 years or older who is not their spouse, child, or grandchild, the offender is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Though this situation may not be statutory rape, it is still considered a criminal offense.
Is it considered statutory rape if a 17-year-old has sex with a 15-year-old?
The following statute is applicable in this case:
Rape: carnal knowledge of unmarried people over the age of 14 and under 18 years of age.
If any person convicted of carnal knowledge with a younger, unmarried person who is innocent or of chaste nature and over the age of 14 and under 18 years of age, they can be punished either with a fine not exceeding $500, or imprisonment in the county jail for six months, or imprisonment not exceeding five years. If proven guilty, the 17-year-old could be punished with both a fine and jail, based on the decision of the jury or court trying the case.
If a person has been falsely charged of carnal knowledge, how can they defend themselves?
The primary option to consider if any person is falsely accused of a crime is to plead not guilty to the charges and defend themselves at the trial. In order to build a strong case and to protect your rights under the law, legal representation is necessary. Pleading not guilty and going through a trial is the only legal way to fight the charges.
Dealing with acts of carnal knowledge, especially when it concerns minors, is a difficult and an emotional experience. Parents may be concerned with whether their teens have crossed sexual boundaries. Others may be contemplating how to fight a case concerned with carnal knowledge. In these situations, consulting Experts on JustAnswer or seeking legal counsel when required can go a long way in getting the right kind of help.