Question: Is it illegal for a 21 year old to date?

Is it illegal to date a 21 year old?

Yes, so long as the relationship is not sexual. If they have sexual intercourse, the 21-year-old can face criminal charges for statutory rape if they are not married. The prohibition on sexual activity makes California different from many other states. California does not have a “Romeo and Juliet” law.

The federal law establishes the age of 12 as the minimum age of consent, while the age at which there are no restrictions for consensual sexual activities is 18 (sex with someone 12-18 is not illegal per se, but can still be open to prosecution under certain circumstances).

Is 3 years a big age gap?

There is no “best” when it comes to age gaps between children. Yet when most of us think of the “ideal” or most common age gap between kids, we generally think of a two to three year gap. Although shorter age gaps are more common than larger age gaps, 5% of births occur with age intervals as large as 10 years.

Is it illegal for two minors to sleep together?

Having sex with someone below the age of consent is statutory rape -- a crime. In general, when two minors under the age of consent engage in consensual sex with one another, they are both open to statutory rape charges.

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