RALEIGH, NC (AP) - Significant changes to North Carolina's justice system for young offenders and sex-related offenses begin this weekend.
No longer will 16- and 17-year-olds be automatically tried in adult court for most nonviolent or less serious felonies as the "Raise the Age'' initiative takes effect.
North Carolina's designation as the only state where women can't revoke sexual consent is getting eliminated.
A new law also essentially cancels a 2008 court decision that said sexual assault laws don't apply to people incapacitated because they decided to take drugs or drink alcohol.
The age limit in which child sexual abuse victims can sue for civil damages also is going up from 21 to 28.
These are among about 30 state laws passed or amended this year that will be enforced starting Sunday.