Teen dating ages 15 to 18
Even if the person charged is cleared of the charge, lasting damage to the older person's career and reputation may result.An adult who mistakenly believes that a young person is over the age of 17 when the young person is actually under the age of 17, can be charged with a sex crime. Even under the new laws, there is still the possibility for young lovers to run afoul of the law.
Therefore, the Romeo and Juliet Law was enacted to provide relief for a slightly older person who engages in sexual relations with someone who is very close in age, for example, a 16-year-old who engages in sexual relations with a 15-year-old.Interestingly, the phrase "age of consent" does not appear in the Texas statutes.Texas law explicitly forbids any person from engaging in sexual activity with a person under the age of 13.The new law also allows those convicted under the old law to clear their names.Those who had to register previously as sex offenders for consensual sexual encounters with a person under the age of 17 can ask the court to review their case.An attorney can review the evidence against you, advise you of your rights and prepare an effective defense on your behalf.
The overwhelming consensus of the people of Texas believes that adults who engage in sexual activity with people under the age of 17 should be aggressively prosecuted.
These types of laws exempt some teenagers and young adults engaging in sexual relations with someone under the age of consent from being classified as sex offenders.
Under Texas' version of the law, if a young adult over the age of 17 has consensual sexual relations with someone under the age of 17, but at least 15 years old, with no more than a four-year age difference between the two, the new law will not require the older party to register as a sex offender if convicted of statutory rape.
That’s why every parent of every Arizona teen must be certain they understand these rather complicated rules and ensure that their children understand and abide by them completely.
Age of sexual consent is the age at which a state says a person can agree to engage in sexual activity.
That is the age at which a person is presumed to be unable to provide her or his consent to sexual acts.