Colorado laws of minors dating
The age of consent can vary among states, and some states differentiate between consensual sex between minors who are close in age (for example, two teenagers of the same age), as opposed to sex between a minor and a much older adult.
This offense is a class four felony, which incurs a fine of at least $2,000 (and up to $500,000), at least one year (and up to 12 years) in prison, or both. Colorado has a marital exemption for statutory rape that allows married people to have consensual sex even if their ages would prohibit it if they were not married.
Minors are legally incapable of giving consent to having sex; so for example, if Jen, a 13 year old willingly has sex with Tony, her 23 year old boyfriend, Tony can be charged with rape, since Jen is not legally capable of giving consent in the first place.
On the other hand, a child under 10 can’t be tried for criminal or juvenile delinquency offenses. Before 15 years old, a child can’t consent to sex so sexual activity with them, even if allegedly consensual, puts you at risk for conviction of statutory rape (sexual assault of a child).
At 12, a child may object to the appointment of a guardian if his or her parent pass on.
In Colorado, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone younger than 15), even if the sex is consensual.