Can I be bailed out of jail if I date an underaged girl?
3 attorney answers
Dating is not illegal but any sexual relations or sexually related conduct is illegal. However, depending on her age you could be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor or sexual battery even if there is no sexual conduct. If she under the age of 14, you could be charged with child molestation, so gotta stay away from those 12 and 13 year olds Romeo. Bail yourself out of jail? Depends if you have several hundred or thousand dollars in spare cash.
The age of consent in California is 18. It is illegal for anyone to engage in sexual intercourse with a minor (someone under the age of 18) unless they are that person’s spouse. There is no Romeo & Juliet or close-in-age exception.
PLEASE DO NOT PRIVATE MESSAGE ME with followup questions. Instead, you may make a comment below, which will be sent to me automatically. If you need an attorney to assist you, please search in your local area, or click the "Find a Lawyer" link at the top of the page. I am active on AVVO and answer questions only as a public service. I am an Attorney-at-Law, licensed to practice law only in the state of California. Unless we have both signed a formal retainer agreement you are not my client, and my discussion of issues does not constitute legal advice. Opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions of those who hold other opinions.
Dating an underage girl is NOT illegal. Having sex with an underage girl will result in jail time and possible lifetime registration every year on your birthday as a sex offender. Sure you might be able to bail yourself. But, you may also ruin your life if you have sex with an underage girl. Come on man.