North Carolina Prohibited Consensual Sexual Activity Laws
Most states have laws prohibiting certain types of consensual sexual activities, although sodomy bans applicable to same-sex partners have been ruled unconstitutional. In North Carolina, prohibited consensual sexual activity laws include bans on indecent exposure and bestiality. And while the state still bans sodomy in same-sex relationships, it is completely unenforceable.
Review the following table to learn more about North Carolina's prohibited consensual sexual activity laws, and see FindLaw's Sex Crimes section for related information.
|Sodomy Laws Applicable to||Both sexes (unenforceable) or beast|
|Penalty for Sodomy||14-177 Crime against nature: Class I felony. Note: found unconstitutional by Lawrence v. Texas (2003)|
|HIV Exposure and Compelled Testing for Offenders||15A-615 Upon indictment or finding probable cause on an offense involving nonconsensual vaginal, anal, or oral intercourse or intercourse with a child under 12, or under G.S.14-202.1 with a child under 16, a victim may request testing; If the court finds probable cause that a significant risk of transmission exists, the court shall order testing.|
|Other Crimes Relating to Consensual Sex Acts||14-190.9 Indecent exposure: Class 2 misdemeanor|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a North Carolina criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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North Carolina Prohibited Consensual Sexual Activity Laws: Related Resources
- Same-Sex Couples and the Law
- North Carolina Annulment and Prohibited Marriage Laws
- Indecent Exposure
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