If a girl is 16 and the boy is 18 and they are sexually active is this against the law in Broward County Florida?

Asked over 4 years ago - Lighthouse Point, FL

How does the law affect an 18 year old male having sex with his 16 year old girlfriend?

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  1. Marc Shiner


    Contributor Level 8

    Answered . Yes it is against the law. However the Romeo and Juliet law would protect the 18 year old from having to register as a sex offender. However he may still be prosecuted for statutory rape. A 16 year old can not consent. Consent is not a defense. Mistaken belief of age is not a defense. Make sure you check valid ID's or your life can be ruined by being charged with lewd assault. You can be sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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