17 You are considered a minor (someone who is not an adult) if you are under 18 years old. 14.“Parental Involvement in Minors’ Abortions,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 15.“Counseling and Waiting Periods for Abortions,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 16.“State Funding of Abortions Under Medicaid,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute.
This is a legal status that lawmakers created for your protection.
"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.
Teens and young adults sometimes aren’t aware of the possible criminal consequences of dating someone underage, attorneys say.
Any person who is the victim of repeat violence or the parent or legal guardian of any minor child who is living at home and who seeks an injunction for protection against repeat violence on behalf of the minor child has standing in the circuit court to file a sworn petition for an injunction for protection against repeat violence.This law does not make it legal to have sexual relations with minors, but merely stops the accused from being held out as a sex offender in society. If the court denies the motion, the person is not authorized under this section to petition for removal of the registration requirement.Section 943.04354 of the Florida Statutes (2008) is known as the "Romeo and Juliet Law." The law as it appears in the statute. (3) (a) This subsection applies to a person who: 1. (b) A person may petition the court in which the sentence or disposition for the violation of s. 800.04 occurred for removal of the requirement to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator.The clerk of the court shall provide a copy of this section, simplified forms, and clerical assistance for the preparation and filing of such a petition by any person who is not represented by counsel.Notwithstanding any other law, the clerk of the court may not assess a fee for filing a petition for protection against repeat violence, sexual violence, or dating violence.
However, subject to legislative appropriation, the clerk of the court may, each quarter, submit to the Office of the State Courts Administrator a certified request for reimbursement for petitions for protection issued by the court under this section at the rate of $40 per petition.