Florida law on dating
Some states, such as California and New York, set an age at which all sexual intercourse is considered statutory rape.
For example, a state might set the age of consent at 18.
Statutory rape laws are premised on the assumption that minors are incapable of giving informed consent to sexual activities.
Their incapacity is written into the statute—hence the term “statutory” rape.
Statutory rape occurs when a person over the age of consent engages in sexual intercourse with someone under the statutory age of consent, also known as a minor.
In most states, the age of consent has been arbitrarily designated by statute.
Assaults of a sexual nature may also be charged under the state’s assault and battery or child molestation or enticement laws (to learn more, see Aggravated Assault Laws in Florida and Child Enticement in Florida).
Penalties include at least 7 years and six months (and up to 15 years) in prison.
If the victim was 13, 14, or 15 and the defendant was 18 or older; or the victim was younger than 12 and the defendant was 17 or younger, penalties include at least four years and three months (and up to 15 years) in prison.
If the victim was younger than 16 and the defendant was 17 or younger, penalties include at least three (and up to 15) years in prison.
Penalties include a fine of up to ,000, up to 15 years in prison, or both.
Lewd and lascivious molestation includes sexual touching (even over clothing) between a defendant and a minor.