Is it legal for a 18 year old male to date a 16 year old female in California? 12 Answers as of May 24, 2013

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Law Office of Mark Bruce
Law Office of Mark Bruce | Mark Corwin Bruce
Date? Yes. Have sex with? No.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/21/2012
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Lawyer for Independent Media | Sue Basko
It may or may not be legal for an 18 year old to date a 16 year old. If the 18 year old has a criminal record, or is a sex offender, or is a teacher or coach or in another position of trust or authority, it will not be legal for the 18 year old to date the 16 year old. Also, it is not legal for the 18 year old to have sex with the 16 year old. It is also illegal for the 18 year old to purchase or share cigarettes or alcohol with the 16 year old. It is also illegal for the 18 year old to bring the 16 year old to an R-rated or NC-17 movie. It is also illegal for the 18 year old to show any pornography to the 16 year old, or to pose the 16 year old for any sort of sexual or provocative photos. It is, therefore, extremely unwise for an 18 year old to date a 16 year old. It is best for an 18 year old to date only those known and proven to be over the age of 18. Unless both the 18 year old and 16 year old are students dating while both are in high school, their dating will be considered very socially unacceptable and suspect. Usually, when a person graduates high school, he or she stops dating anyone who is still in high school. They might wait a few years until the younger one is over 18 and then resume the relationship if both are still interested. Dating anyone who is not also legally an adult is extremely risky. It is considered extremely socially unacceptable and suspect for anyone in college or in the work world to be dating a 16 year old child who is still in high school. By doing so, one opens oneself up to easy accusations of child rape. Therefore, it is safest legally and socially for an adult to date only other adults. There are plenty of people in prison for having sex with a person who was under the age of 18.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/21/2012
Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
Dating is ok, sexual relations can get you in trouble for statutory rape.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/21/2012
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
Date, yes. Sex, no.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/21/2012
Law Office of Anthony Roach | Anthony Allen Roach
Date, yes. Sex, no. So, why mess with such a dangerous thing?
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/21/2012
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