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Is it illegal for a 16 year old female, to date a 21 year old male without sexual relations?

New York, NY |
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Yes, but keep it clean. The crime of statutory rape is a serious offense and carries with it drastic consequences. Tread carefully.

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It is legal in NY.

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It really depends on how the relationship develops. Just dating is not illegal.

Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)
Jlopiccolo@hbclaw.net

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Would kissing be an offense?

Joseph A Lo Piccolo

Joseph A Lo Piccolo

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The standard is whether his actions would likely be "injurious to the physical or moral welfare of the child", you being the "child". Kissing would not generally be that BUT it is the totality of the circumstances that would determine the issue. Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq. Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12' Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo 1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200 Garden City, NY 11530 516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f) Jlopiccolo@hbclaw.net