Incest is defined as a sexual relationship between two closely related family members. The relationship between the two people is so close that they are unable to legally get married.
In the majority of states in the United States, incest is illegal. The punishments associated with engaging in an incestuous relationship vary by state. In many cases, incest is not revealed to outside parties, so therefore, the parties involved are not prosecuted.
In the states of New Jersey and Rhode Island, incest between criminal adults is legal. However, neither state permits marriage. In New Jersey, each person involved in the relationship must be at least 18 years old. In Rhode Island, the age of consent is 16 years old.
In the state of Ohio, incest is legally allowed provided that one party is not a parental figure to the other party.
In all other states, incest is illegal. The punishments for engaging in an incestuous relationship by state are as follows: