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.Turning 18 also comes with responsibilities, like the ability to be sued in court, and serving on a jury.Purchasing Alcohol in Florida In Florida, and the rest of the United States, you must be 21 years old to purchase alcohol.By 1920 ages of consent generally rose to 16-18 and small adjustments to these laws occurred after 1920. From 2005 onwards states have started to enact Jessica's Law statutes, which provide for lengthy penalties (often a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and lifetime electronic monitoring) for the most aggravated forms of child sexual abuse (usually of a child under age 12). Louisiana, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the death penalty for rape of a child was unconstitutional.As of 2015 the final state to raise its age of general consent was Hawaii, which changed it from 14 to 16 in 2001. forbids the use of the United States Postal Service or other interstate or foreign means of communication, such as telephone calls or use of the internet, to persuade or entice a minor (defined as under 18 throughout the chapter) to be involved in a criminal sexual act.Until the late 20th century many states had provisions requiring that the teenage girl must be of previous "chaste character" in order for the sexual conduct to be considered criminal. The act has to be illegal under state or federal law to be charged with a crime under 2422(b), and can even be applied to situations where both parties reside within the same state but use an instant messenger program whose servers are located in another state. § 2260) makes it a federal crime to possess or create sexually explicit images of any person under 18 years of age; this creates a federal age of consent of 18 for pornography.
Registered sex offenders are prohibited from living less than 1,000 feet from anywhere children might congregate, such as public parks, schools, and school bus stops.
In the eyes of the law minors lack the capacity to make the decision to give their consent for sex.
Some exceptions to this age of consent requirement exist, such as, if the couple is married, or if the minor is legally emancipated.
Sex offenders are required to register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
A Photo, home address, sex offense charge, and disposition of their case is posted on the internet for all to see.