Is it legal for a 16 year old to date a 25 year old? 13 Answers as of April 30, 2013

I am 16 my partner is 25. We haven't and don't plan on having any type of sexual relations with each other. Is it illegal for us to date even though we don't have sex?

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The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
It is legal but sex would be statutory rape since you cannot legally consent. I suggest you find a boyfriend closer to your own age for a number of reasons that you would not understand or agree with, but which will be important should the relationship get serious or continue.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/26/2012
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
I would need further information to answer better, such as is this in NY state, etc, but generally if you are not having sex than you are not breaking the law. The law prohibits sex with an underage person.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/23/2012
Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
Illegal, no. Ill-advised, probably. Even though you are not having sex, the appearance may be enough to cause your partner some problems.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/23/2012
Timothy J. Thill P.C.
Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
There is no law against this, however, if you two engage in any kind of criminal conduct whatsoever, including taking alcohol, he can be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Of course, ANY sexual contact of any kind is illegal. Why not date somebody your own age?
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 11/22/2012
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Perfectly fine for you to date.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 11/22/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    You can date, but no sex.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 11/22/2012
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    Whether it is legal or not for a 25 year old to date a 16 year old depends on what you mean by ?date?. If during your date any he uses a you to transport drugs, asks a you to meet for a "secret rendezvous", knowingly provides a place to engage in sexual activity, engages in sexual activity with you, asks you to pose nude...or even partially nude...for pictures, and furnishes you with alcohol. These acts would be a violation of California Penal Code Section 272m Contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Penal Code 288 PC California's lewd acts with a minor law prohibits touching a child anywhere on the body...even on the outside of the clothing...if the touching is done "with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions or sexual desires of the perpetrator or the child". California Penal Code section 261.5 ?stat rape? Unlawful sexual intercourse is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person who is not the spouse of the perpetrator, if the person is a minor. For the purposes of this section, a "minor" is a person under the age of 18 years and an "adult" is a person who is at least 18 years of age. (c) Any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is more than three years younger than the perpetrator is guilty of either a misdemeanor or a felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/21/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    The only thing you need to be concerned about is sex. You can date who you want. It is sex that would be prohibited. Although it would not be illegal to have sex unless the 26 year-old is the kid's teacher.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/21/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    In Michigan the age of consent is 16. However if your parents say no then the person get in trouble.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/21/2012
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    Dating is legal but you are not of an age to consent to sex at 16. However, even though it may be legal, it is still not a good idea. Your parents could also try getting a restraining order against him.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/21/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    It is not a good idea at all, the 25 year old should not even date, because he can be charged with sexual battery whether sex occurs or not. This is a very serious crime and he could go to prison. Why take the chance?
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 11/21/2012
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