Around the country, and for good reason, there are laws barring individuals above a certain age from engaging in sexual relations with individuals below a certain age (the age of consent.
In Florida, according to State Statute s. 794.05, it is illegal for someone 24 years of age or older to have sex, as defined in the statute, with someone under the age of 18 (with a couple of exceptions). Based on the exact circumstances of the incident, the crime can be considered a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines.
As our Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers know, however, these sex offender laws and associated sex offender registries do present serious problems. In today’s world of anonymous dating apps and online match-making, confusion is rampant and thus the likelihood of inadvertently committing a sex crime is higher than it used to be.