If I’m 19 and my girlfriend is 16 if she, can her parents call the police and have her brought home?

I met my now girlfriend in HS but we were not dating then. I have graduated and she is still in school but her parents do not approve of us seeing each other. They are very very Christian and do not allow her to date. I know the age of consent is 16 but is there anything criminal about what we are doing? I’m just scared that I’m going to lose her because of her ultra strict parents.

Asked on September 23, 2013 under Criminal Law, Maryland

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Be more scared that if her parents think that you are in any way endangering her that they can file charges against you as an adult and ask for a restraining order.  You do not need a record at this young age.  I know that it is very hard when you care about some one but she is a minor and under the care of her parents.  I don't care what the age f consent is. So please, think about your future. 

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Be more scared that if her parents think that you are in any way endangering her that they can file charges against you as an adult and ask for a restraining order.  You do not need a record at this young age.  I know that it is very hard when you care about some one but she is a minor and under the care of her parents.  I don't care what the age f consent is. So please, think about your future. 


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