Im 18 dating a 15 year old
Indiana is one of the few states that provides for a mistake of fact in their statutory rape laws.
Thus, if someone has a reasonable, good-faith belief the individual they are having sex with is 16 or older, they can avoid criminal liability.
So if you’re wondering, “Can I date a 16-year-old at 19? A 19-year-old could legally have sex with a 16-year-old, so long as the sex was consensual. As stated previously, this rule cuts off at age 14 — in Texas, no child under the age of 14 can legally consent to sex, no matter how old their partner is.
Falling outside of the Texas “Romeo and Juliet” laws can put you in a bad place.
If convicted of statutory rape, you are facing at least a second-degree felony, punishable by 2-20 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of ,000, and the potential to have your name added to the Texas sex offender registry.
If you believe you have violated Indiana's age of consent laws, you should contact an attorney immediately.
A criminal defense lawyer can help you understand the law, what your options are, and represent you if the state decides to press charges.