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

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. Best answer

    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)

    I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.

  2. 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. Feel free to check out my web site and contact me at (212) 577-9797 or via email at I was named to the Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York for 2012. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. The above answer is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.

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

  4. 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, NY 11710 Telephone -516.512.6333 Email -

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