Florida teen dating laws
The bottom line is this, in Florida it is a sex offense to engage in sexual activity with a person fifteen years old or younger, even if the sexual contact is consensual. In Florida, minors who are fifteen years old or younger can’t legally consent to engaging in sexual contact.
Nearly a quarter of the people removed from the database committed their crimes in Pinellas and Pasco counties, the study found, the highest concentration in the state. "I can't tell you why that number is like that," said Beverly Andringa, the Pinellas-Pasco prosecutor who reviews the requests.Some of the articles seem to imply that the prosecution has occurred only because the teenagers are of the same sex.See for example: Huffington Post report: Florida Teen, Faces Felony Charges Over Same-Sex Relationship As a criminal defense attorney who has practiced law in Gainesville, Florida, for more than 25 years, I’ve represented dozens of teenagers charged with sex offenses for engaging in sexual activity with another teen.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.
In the eyes of the law minors lack the capacity to make the decision to give their consent for sex.