What fun is it to wait around for someone to talk to you in a bar or when you're out and about?
The new laws, named “Romeo and Juliet laws” after Shakespeare’s tragic teenage lovers, attempt to correct overly harsh penalties and prison terms meted out over the years.
In 2007, these laws went into effect in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, and Texas.
"Romeo and Juliet" laws, serve to reduce or eliminate the penalty of the crime in cases where the couple's age difference is minor and the sexual contact is only considered rape because of the lack of legally-recognized consent. 847.0135(5); (b) Is required to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator solely on the basis of this violation; and (c) Is not more than 4 years older than the victim of this violation who was 14 years of age or older but not more than 17 years of age at the time the person committed this violation. 847.0135(5) was committed on or after July 1, 2007, the person may move the court that will sentence or dispose of this violation to remove the requirement that the person register as a sexual offender or sexual predator.
Example of a state statute ( Florida) dealing with Romeo & Juliet Law The Florida Romeo & Juliet Law passed in 2007 is designed to protect individuals from the sex offender list. 847.0135(5) for which adjudication of guilt was or will be withheld, and the person does not have any other conviction, adjudication of delinquency, or withhold of adjudication of guilt for a violation of s. (2) If a person meets the criteria in subsection (1) and the violation of s. The person must allege in the motion that he or she meets the criteria in subsection (1) and that removal of the registration requirement will not conflict with federal law.
The victim in the case must be between 14 and 17, a willing participant in the sexual activity and no more than four years younger than the offender. 847.0135(5) or the person committed a violation of s. The state attorney must be given notice of the motion at least 21 days before the date of sentencing or disposition of this violation and may present evidence in opposition to the requested relief or may otherwise demonstrate why the motion should be denied.
The offense must be the only sex crime on the offender's record. Removal of the requirement to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator in special circumstances (1) For purposes of this section, a person shall be considered for removal of the requirement to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator only if the person: (a) Was or will be convicted or adjudicated delinquent of a violation of s. At sentencing or disposition of this violation, the court shall rule on this motion and, if the court determines the person meets the criteria in subsection (1) and the removal of the registration requirement will not conflict with federal law, it may grant the motion and order the removal of the registration requirement.
There are a total of eleven states have set their age of consent at 18 years old, the highest legal age of consent in any state.
Close in age exemptions to the Florida age of consent permit a person 23 years of age or younger to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor aged 16 or 17.
The Age of Consent is the age at which a person is deemed by Florida law to be capable of consenting to, and engaging in, sexual acts.
Anyone who engages in sexual activity of any type with a partner under the applicable Age of Consent is breaking the law and can be charged with crimes ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony (statutory rape) depending on the jurisdiction in which they are prosecuted.
Florida's specific laws on the Age of Consent can be found above.