Houston, TX asked in Criminal Law for Texas

Q: Is it against the law in tx for a 22 and 16 year old to date if there no sex involved in tx

I met a girl online and she laid about her age when I found out how old she was there was already alot of feelings are we aloud to date if no sex is involved I know she has to be 17 before we can do anything in tx but this girl mean so much to me I don't wanna let her go I just don't wanna become a sex offender

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Phillip Wayne Goff
Phillip Wayne Goff
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Strictly speaking, the answer is yes. Good luck on convincing people you aren't having sex with her, though. If she claimed you had sex before she was 17, you could be in deep trouble. Most people I know likely wouldn't believe you, in my opinion. Nonetheless, in answering the question, "dating", whatever that means, is not, in and of itself, a crime.

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