Illinois dating and consent
At this age, “consent” is a legal term, not a factual term.To be blunt, a 17 year old boyfriend who touches, for his sexual gratification , the breasts of his 16 year old girlfriend has committed a sex crime, which could put him on the Illinois sex offender registration list.You can reach us by phone at 815-723-5600 or via e-mail.For your convenience, weekend appointments are available.We take the time to fully understand your side of the story and determine the best approach to building a defense specifically designed to address the unique details of your case.Contact our office today for a free initial consultation to discuss your case and learn more about what we can do to help you.Actually, any voluntary sexual activity between two 16 year olds could put both of them on the sex offender registration list.
Moreover, under Illinois law, when a person under 17 years of age commits a sexual act with another who is under the age of 17, but at least 9-years-old, they are also guilty of criminal sexual abuse.
When teenagers begin to date, usually they meet at school and most often, they are the same age.
As teens branch out however, meeting people from other schools, hanging out with people from work and meeting new people in the community, they sometimes date older men or women.
Prosecution for the examples cited above are rare, but they illustrate the nature of Illinois’ age of consent law.
An arrest and criminal prosecution is much more likely when there is any type of disparity in age.