I'm 23 she's 17. Am I breaking the law?

I'll be 23 in a few months and the girl I'm interested in turned 17 back in January. Since she'll be 18 prior to me being 24, am I breaking any laws by pursuing her? What if there is no fornication? and of course, what if there is? Is this the kind of thing FL Statue 794.05 Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors refers to? Thank You!

Orlando, FL -

Attorney Answers (4)

Roger Scott Jr.

Roger Scott Jr.

Criminal Defense Attorney - Orlando, FL
Answered

If you turn 24 before she turns 18, you may have a few months of possible crimes until she turns 18. If she turns 18 before your birthday, you will be legal at all times.

Right now? No problem at all!

Be careful! You may be legal, then criminal, and then legal again!

This law makes little sense sometimes, but it made things much fairer in a serious crime

James W Chandler

James W Chandler

Criminal Defense Attorney - Naples, FL
Answered

I agree 100% with Mr. Scott. Right now you are legal, but can turn criminal depending on whose birthday is first. It could be legal for months, then illegal for months, then legal again. The law makes little sense, and will never make sense for political reasons. I believe the statute you cited is the correct one.

William David Umansky

William David Umansky

Criminal Defense Attorney - Orlando, FL
Answered

Just play it safe and wait. Not worth the heartache if you get charged.

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Richard Earl Hornsby

Richard Earl Hornsby

Criminal Defense Attorney - Orlando, FL
Answered

I agree 101% with Mr. Scott.

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