Can a 16 year old female and 20 year old male legally date in New York state?

Asked almost 2 years ago - New Rochelle, NY

I know a girl who is 16 years old and will be 17 in June and wants a relationship with a 20 year old male who has mutual feelings can he or she get into any legal trouble?

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  1. Joseph A Lo Piccolo

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    Answered . No legal trouble unless they have sex before 17.


    Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
    Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
    Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
    1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
    Garden City, NY 11530
    516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)
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    I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a... more
  2. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . They can date but can't have sex until 17. The legal age of consent to sex in New York is 17.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more
  3. David Ivan Bliven

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    Answered . I agree - merely dating isn't a crime. Having sexual relations before she turns 17 would be.

  4. Jeffrey Bruce Gold

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    Answered . They should wait until June, if they want to avoid all risk.

    If you'd like to discuss, please feel free to call. Jeff Gold Gold, Benes, LLP 1854 Bellmore Ave Bellmore,... more

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