My girlfriend and I were dating while I was 17 and she was 19 years old but my parents knew of this . I just turned 18 this month and decided I want to start going out with my girlfriend more and my dad is threatening to have her investigated . Can he file charges on her now that I am 18? Or is it to late? Because my parents never told her that me and her couldn't communicate or to stay away from me .Be very detailed please
Parents don't file charge, prosecutors do. Also, unless there was illegal sexual conduct, there is nothing to charge her with. Simply the fact that a seventeen year old has sex with a nineteen year old is not illegal. That is not statutory rape. Now, if he is talking about having her investigated for something independent of you - for example if she was involved in drugs, or something like that, of course he can report that and there could be consequences for her if she is investigated and charged.
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Attorney Morcroft provided excellent information. You are now an adult and can certainly consult with an attorney on your own if you continue to have problems or require additional information.
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You've been provided with some very good information in the previous answers. As mentioned your father can't file charges against your girlfriend, but he can have her investigated and present those charges to the State, who will then choose whether or not charges can be filed against her. I wish you the best of luck.
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