I am 18 and my girlfriend is 15, can we legally have sex or even date?

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I am 18 and my girlfriend is 15, can we legally have sex or even date?

I went through all the IL compiled statutes and I think I am okay.

Asked on September 15, 2011 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Did you also read the criminal statutes that deal with statutory rape and the right of her parents to press charges and to have you arrested?  When ever these questions come in it is always a cocern that the "age of consent" laws are what the young people focus on.  If she is a minor and you are not then you run the risk of being arrested and convicted of a sexual crime in some form or another.  If you are convicted of a sexual crime then you will have to register as a sex offender.  Imagine ruining your life at such an early age.  Please, I beg of you.  Do not do anything that would cause you to be placed on the wrong side of the law.  


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