California law for minors dating adults
Anyone can press charges against you for statutory rape in California, because she will still be younger than 18.If you are convicted, however, California law will count it as a misdemeanor, and not a felony, because you are less than three years older than she is.Although your case makes statutory rape laws seem arbitrary, a story from one of our readers illustrates why the law might protect someone underage from being exploited.
Dear Reader, We've received more questions about statutory rape concerning age-gap distinctions, so I'll try to answer what I didn't cover in the previous article on statutory rape. Dear Panel, If a minor has sex with a minor for example: a 17 year guy having sex with a 17 year old girl is that statutory rape since they are both of "legal" age to have sex? Ashley female, age 17, USA Dear Ashley, If both people having consensual sex are the same age, it's not statutory rape.I have read the penal codes and they are confusing so I thought I would ask you about it.Could you please tell me everything and maybe show me laws to give me a little more confidence? Dear Jeff, It seems arbitrary that sex with your girlfriend becomes illegal when you reach your eighteenth birthday, but it's true.I can't tell you "everything" because I don't know everything, but I researched the relevant California penal codes at Ageof
A lawyer or your local District Attorney could answer any more questions you have.