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North Carolina Laws on Rape

Disclaimer: These are not all rules and regulations. If you are in a situation where these laws are needed to seek legal assistance, we recommend seeking out a lawyer to receive help specific to your situation.

First degree forcible rape is defined as engaging in intercourse without consent and involves:

  • Use of a weapon

  • Harming the victim

  • 144 months to life without parole

Second degree forcible rape is defined as engaging in sexual intercourse and involves:

  • Force and coercion

  • Victim who is physically unable to consent (on narcotics, mentally incapacitated, etc. )

Statutory rape of a child by an adult is defined as an individual at least 18 partaking in vaginal intercourse with a child at least age 13. The punishment for this crime is dependent on prior criminal history and can range from 300 months to life parole.

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