Laws for 18 year olds on dating
I am alittle nerious about it, but still really am interested.
Beginning to date can be very challenging to tackle, not just for teenagers, but also for their parents.
As frightening as this time may be, it could also be a time of training and helping minors form healthy relationships.
It is the job of parents in this endeavor to be informed about laws that could affect the choices that they help their young people make to ensure that their first experiences with dating are positive and safe.
Here in Texas, a Romeo and Juliet law protects those who have sexual intercourse with those under the age of 18, but several conditions need to be met to qualify for that protection.Visit law.cornell.edu/ to see minor laws specific to your state.There you can find that in the state of Georgia, "a person commits the offense of statutory rape when he or she engages in sexual intercourse with any person under the age of 16 years and is not his or her spouse." The law goes on to spell out that "if the victim is at least 14 but less than 16 years of age and the person convicted of statutory rape is 18 or younger and is no more than four years older than the victim, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor." This means that a 17-year-old convicted of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old in Georgia, would be guilty of a misdemeanor.Genarlow Wilson, 17, engaged in oral sex with a consenting 15-year-old girl and was convicted of aggravated child molestation.Before his lawyers were finally able to get the Georgia Supreme Court to hear his case and rule that his 10-year sentence was cruel and unusual, this former scholarship student had spent two years in prison.