Florida Age of Consent Lawyers
What is the Age of Consent in Florida?
In Florida, an individual must be 18 or older to consent to sex with a person who is 18 or older. A person aged 16 or older can consent to sex with a person who is between the age of 16 or 18.
On its face, the Florida age of consent laws only apply to heterosexual conduct. This is because Florida has laws on the books which make all homosexual conduct illegal, regardless of age.
However, the Supreme Court recently found such laws, as applied to consenting adults in private situations, to be unconstitutional. Because if this, it is unclear what Florida’s age of consent is for homosexual conduct. It is possible that a state court would defer to the age of consent for heterosexual conduct, especially since those laws are written in gender-neutral language.
In Florida, the crime of statutory rape can carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.
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Last Modified: 11-23-2009 11:30 AM PST
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