Magnolia, TX asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Texas

Q: As a 17 year old in Texas, is it legal to date someone who is 23?

I am 17 years old and the girl is 23, she was worried that she can get in trouble for dating me since I'm a minor, we are more than willing to wait until I turn 18 but I want to know all our options if things get serious, I know the age of consent is 17, but don't plan to have sex until I am much older and/or married so that is not an issue. But can she get in trouble by the law if we date while I am a minor?

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Benson Varghese
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A: Remember there is an age of consent under Texas law as well as under federal law. You can learn more about the age of consent here:

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