If you're concerned about breaking laws on underage dating, the first thing to know is that no such laws exist. However, you should be aware of statutory rape laws if you're dating someone younger than the legal age of consent in your state. Such laws are there to punish adults who take sexual advantage of minors. If your date is below the legal age of consent, you could be charged with statutory rape, even if the sex is consensual. Statutory rape is sexual intercourse with a person who is younger than the statutory age of consent, as determined by state law. This applies even if the parties are in a long-term romantic relationship or the sex is consensual. Age of consent is the age at which a person chooses to take part in sexual activity without it being considered statutory rape. In the U. However, some states have lower ages of consent under certain circumstances. For example, in Iowa a person may consent to sex at age 14 provided their partner is no more than 48 months older. Most statutory rape laws exist to punish an adult who takes sexual advantage of a minor, not to punish two people close in age who have consensual sex. This means an adult who is only a couple of years older than the minor may not be charged with statutory rape or be punished as harshly as a much older adult. These close-in-age exemption laws, sometimes known as Romeo and Juliet laws, may reduce the severity of the offense from a felony to a misdemeanor; reduce the penalty to a fine, probation or community service ; and eliminate the requirement that the convicted adult register as a sex offender.
Remember Me? Results 1 to 10 of Thread Tools Email article source Page…. Join Date Oct Posts 5. Can an Adult Date a Minor in Tennessee My question involves criminal law for the state of: how do I go about makeing this legal in the state of tennessee? Join Date Jul Posts 1, Especially an adult. There are penalties if an adult doesn't stay away from a child if the parents state for the adult to do so. Join Date Mar Posts 18, Quoting rjbuckner.
Join Date Oct Posts 8, My question involves criminal law for the state of: how do I go about makeing this legal in the state of tennessee? Re: 17 Year Old Male Dating a 25 Year Old Female If you asked her out and the first thing she said is, we need parental consent because you're a minor, that sounds a lot to me like she's not interested but she didn't want to hurt your feelings.
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