I'm dating this guy and his parents don't approve because he's 18 and I'm 15. His parents tell him that he could get into trouble for having sex with me or dating me because I'm a minor. However, he has no position of authority over me. I understand the age of consent is 16. However, the Romeo and Juliet law does apply here, correct? He is 42 months older than me. The Romeo and Juliet law says that he cannot be 48 months older than me. Are we legally allowed to date and have sex?
You are correct that the legal age of sexual consent is 16, but there is an exception to this rule if the older participant is less than four years older. Therefore, it appears to be legal. However, just because you can does mean you should. You are too young to understand long term consequences and his parents don't approve. I would imagine your parents would also not approve. I know at your age this seems like a good idea. It's not and you need to listen to the advice of concerned adults. Young lady, don't do this. You will regret it later. Best of luck.
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Yes, generally, this can be "legal". There are also ways this can be illegal. In most scenarios, this is Ill advised. If what you want is a legal opinion that your boyfriend cannot be charged with a crime, then you are not going to get that on this site. He can consult a lawyer in private of he has concerns.
His parents are right to be concerned.
There is nothing illegal about dating. Why not wait a few years to get into the sex part?
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Beware that the age of consent calculation differs from state-to-state, including the harsher laws in neighboring Virginia. Beware if your parents or someone else reports, truthfully or not, that you have engaged in sexual activity in another state that criminalizes such activity with a fifteen year old. All the best to you. Jon
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