Anyone can press charges against you for statutory rape in California, because she will still be younger than 18.
If you are convicted, however, California law will count it as a misdemeanor, and not a felony, because you are less than three years older than she is.
Although your case makes statutory rape laws seem arbitrary, a story from one of our readers illustrates why the law might protect someone underage from being exploited.
Dear Panel, My younger brother got involved in a serious relationship when he was 17. The relationship progressed and he (obviously) turned 18 and she 16. Scared Sister female, age 21, Texas, USA She or anyone else can press charges against him for statutory rape because the age of consent in Texas is 17.
Re: Dating Age in Arkanasas Date yes, have sex, probably not.
But, the question is really "how important is it that you "date" when he might go to jail as a result"?
His mother knew that we were dating and didn't care.
We are both Christians and we do not believe in premarital sex.
Could you please tell me everything and maybe show me laws to give me a little more confidence? Dear Jeff, It seems arbitrary that sex with your girlfriend becomes illegal when you reach your eighteenth birthday, but it's true.They had consentual sex throughout the relationship and got pregnant. But Texas has an "affirmative defense to prosecution" clause, tried in 1999, which may consider the act "not a criminal offense" because he is less than three years older than she is.