Florida teen dating laws

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However, each state has its own laws that define the age of consent, or the time when a person is old enough "to willingly engage in a sexual act." Be aware of the legal age of consent in your state.All states set the age of consent from 14 to 18; in more than half of the states, the age is 16.No laws in the State of Florida require consenting parties to reach a certain age in order to date.However, a number of state laws prohibit sexual activity with minors.This means, under Florida law, that it is a sex offense - “lewd and lascivious molestation” - punishable by up to fifteen years in prison, for a sixteen year old to engage in sexual activity with a fifteen year old.Technically speaking, under the terms of the statute, if two fifteen year olds engage in sexual activity together, they are both committing sex offenses upon each other under Florida law.One explanation might be the approach of Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender Bob Dillinger and Pinellas County sheriff's detectives.

Florida prosecutors have for decades been charging mostly heterosexual teenage males with the sex offense “lewd and lascivious assault or battery” upon their teenage girlfriends.Sexlaws.org/answer_board is a good place to find the age of consent for your state as well as answers to other questions about minor relationships.Visit law.cornell.edu/ to see minor laws specific to your state.It is always illegal to engage in sexual activity with a person under the age of 12.It is also illegal for a person over the age of 18 to engage in sexual behavior with, or in the presence of, a person that is between the ages of 12 and 16.

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